We thought this day might never come, but Samsung just announced its first Tizen-powered smartphone. The Samsung Z is set to launch by the third quarter of 2014, and offers mid-range specs with a sleek design.
The Samsung Z packs a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, a powerful 3.2GHz quad-core processor, a 2600mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage with microSD support up to 64GB, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. It runs version 2.2.1 of Tizen OS, which goes to show just how long Samsung has been tinkering with its in-house operating system. The design looks pretty sleek, with minimal bezel upfront and a curved back panel covered in the same stitched plastic introduced with the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung trotted out its Tizen OS earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, though it wasn’t ready to announce an official smartphone at the time. The new operating system is definitely inspired by Android, and offers same unique customization options without straying to far from familiar territory.
The company also claims its mobile OS offers a smoother experience than the competition. “The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively,” says Samsung mobile marketing chief DJ Lee.
Samsung says the Z will be available in Russia starting in Q3 2014 ahead of a global rollout. The company also plans to show off the device on Tuesday, June 3 at its Tizen Developer Conference in California.