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Samsung’s First Tizen Phone Rumored to Launch This Month

by Jacob Kleinman | December 1, 2014December 1, 2014 2:45 pm PDT

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Following countless delays and plenty of leaks, it looks like Samsung’s first official Tizen smartphone may finally launch this month. South Korean newspaper Maeil Business reports that the device, allegedly called the Z1, will be unveiled at a press event on Dec. 10 before hitting the Indian market.

The company originally unveiled a Tizen phone called the Samsung Z back in June, promising to launch the device in Russia. Those plans fell through, allegedly after the South Korean giant decided its new mobile ecosystem still needed some work before it could compete with Android and iOS. Now, the long-rumored device may finally be ready to launch, though until Samsung makes an official announcement we still have some serious doubts.

We don’t know much about the Z1, though the name implies it’s an upgrade over the unreleased Samsung Z. The scrapped Tizen phone packed a 4.8-inch 720p display, an impressive 3.2GHz processor, 2600mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with microSD support, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter. The Z1 could offer something similar, though it’s also possible Samsung could cut some corners to stay competitive with the price.

Hopefully we’ll get the official details on the device soon. Samsung’s rumored Dec. 10 press conference is just over a week away, and we’ll be on the lookout for any more news on the Z1 Tizen phone.

Reuters

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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