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Samsung’s Tizen Developers Phone Hits eBay

by Jacob Kleinman | January 28, 2014January 28, 2014 11:00 am PST

Samsung’s first smartphone running its new Tizen operating system likely won’t launch until the second half of 2014, but if you can’t wait until then you may be able to order a copy of an early developers model today on eBay. Twitter tipster @evleaks shared a photo of the device “in the wild” this morning, soon afterwards pointing to one eBay seller offering up the Tizen handset for $250. The listing has since been changed to “sold.”

The Tizen smartphone, listed with model number Z9005, is really only meant for developers working on apps for the HTML5-based OS, but the operating system presumably works and the device offers GSM support, meaning it will work as a phone on AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. The handset also comes equipped with 16GB of storage and a 4.7-inch display, according to the eBay listing.

Samsung has struggled to bring the first Tizen devices to market, despite support from Intel and a number of carriers and smartphone-makers in Europe and Asia. The operating system’s latest setback came earlier this month when Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo cancelled its plans to launch a Tizen phone, leading many to wonder if the OS will ever see a global launch. Until then, this developer model will have to do.

@evleaks eBay

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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