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.