Alleged photo of upcoming Samsung Tizen smartphone, ZEQ9000 "Zeke", leaks
It's hard to say whether this leak is reliable or not, but the smartphone's design - not a wildly imaginative designer's concept, but a familiar textured plastic affair, seems authentic enough. As for the operating system shown on the display, its visual style mostly matches the Tizen 2.1 screenshots that leaked last December. The upper status bar, for example, is the same between the two leaks. The flat and symmetrical aesthetic, shaped by rectangles and squares, is preserved as well.
This leak contains some specifications, too. Zeke could have a 4.8-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.3GHz, and be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S4 in size.
While not every part of this leak sounds credible, most of it manages to squeeze past the lie detector. Perhaps we will learn more truthful details from Samsung's official pre-MWC Tizen Developer event on February 23, or at the Congress itself.
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1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1104; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I wonder if Samsung will make only Tizen phones in the future?
2. FoneAddict (Posts: 176; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Same old Boring Samsung plastic design Zzzzzz...zzz...zz
12. teja171 (unregistered)
They aren't the flagship devices right ?
14. sarge77 (Posts: 201; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
It might be better if they stick with a certain design as long as the phone works has plenty of software and since it can run most of the android app and probably port a lot over it should do well. Samsung has its hands in a lot of stuff especially being on top of the mobile market and a strong hardware partner with intel and the Linux foundation nice work guys.
3. camera531 (Posts: 99; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
If they have to essentially start from scratch with 3rd party apps, it's BB10 all over again. DOA...
19. thealphageek1 (limited) (Posts: 557; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
And BB10 has what exactly to do with this article?
23. camera531 (Posts: 99; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
BB10 is an outstanding new OS from BlackBerry with great hardware to match, but trying to start over and rebuild app catalogs with the very mature iOS and Android app stores already dominating has proven to be daunting at best. BB10 is a testament to that...
27. thealphageek1 (limited) (Posts: 557; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Going by your comment, there should be no new operating system to even attempt to launch, considering the iOS/Android duopoly. That would make for a very boring smartphone world. Daunting? Yes, but nothing worth it is ever easy. DOA? Not at all.
31. camera531 (Posts: 99; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
I like your sentiment and hope I'm wrong. We'll see... Windows Phone is a 3rd major operating system with a decent app selection (most of the "must haves" are available). It only got to where it is today because one of the biggest companies in history was behind it. Microsoft essentially bought the apps. BlackBerry is a distant 4th, but doesn't have the financial muscle and clout that Microsoft has. As far as Tizen, it'll be tough to compete with themselves. Most will choose the Galaxy S4 or other leading Samsung devices with similar (or better) hardware and a mature OS/app ecosystem. Samsung has gone down this road before and it failed miserably (Bada). Not to mention there's already a lack of carrier interest before anything has even started. Nokia also tried with a better head start and a lot of support (Symbian). Didn't work out too well... But I guess we'll see.
32. domfonusr (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Symbian was good for a decade. Then again, most OS's will see either a complete redesign-rebranding or total replacement in that time frame, so it is no huge surprise. BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Mobile have all gone through this - BlackBerry 10 is totally different software-wise from BlackBerry 7 and predecessors, WebOS was totally different from Palm (and promptly failed to survive in the mobile world), and Windows Phone is a radical departure from Windows Mobile when it comes to the UI (but not software; they replaced Windows CE base with Windows NT). Symbian just didn't get replaced with anything. That said, I expect to see BlackBerry 10 struggle to survive in the near-term, and I would not be surprised to see both iOS and Android get major MAJOR redesigns in the next five to seven years. I mean moving away from existing kernels such as Darwin... complete redesign or replacement.
4. XaErO (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
The image shows 24 Feb 2014 date .. Hopefully Samsung will bring a strong, fast, buttery and fluid Tizen OS.
5. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 485; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
The OS looks like the child of Android and Windows Phone
8. Diego! (Posts: 473; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Word, and Nokia Normandy's twin sister too (?)
10. hurrycanger (Posts: 613; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Yeah, lol. Square tiles with round icons inside.
6. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 485; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
Samsung should have come up with a bold new design to differentiate the TIZEN model from it's Android headsets, but that would take imagination.
7. AfterShock (Posts: 1250; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Just dropping the hardware button might be a start.
9. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
du thi could really work but not right away i like flat ui
11. Diego! (Posts: 473; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Samsung Galaxy S i9000 + Samsung Galaxy S III had a baby and it's called Samsung ZEQ9000. Congrats on your newborn! #irony
13. fanboyoftech (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
Someone please define with word "Ironic" for Mr. Diego here, please.
22. androiphone20 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
haha, why bother? no grammar nazis here
33. Diego! (Posts: 473; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
hahahahaa that was my f**king corrector. My keyboard is in Spanish. Ironic = Ironía in Spanish. Sorry for the misspell! :P
16. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Is it just me who thinks this is quite good? Or is everyone on here just blind by their automatic hate of samsung devices, even insulting the email icon because they can't find much else wrong with it!
29. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Let them be if it satisfies their emo lifestyle, lol! Because they think that bashing the top dog and being different to what everyone else has is cool, because Samsung is the Apple of Android they resort to insults. If anything, I like this nifty tizen fella, this is pretty much a breath of fresh air from their Galaxy Androids. I like Sammy for their ambition, much like LG/Oppo. Sony/HTC....meh!
18. pureviewuser (Posts: 83; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)
Well done samsung we need diversity of os
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 9262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Very nice, wp8 inspired but very nice.
21. Lauticol (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
Another day, another Galax...
Wait, TIZEN O.o
24. DogeShibe (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
Sick of Samsung's 'Galaxy' name !! A little part of me died when i read a article of 'Samsung galaxy S3 Lite Neo+'.
Tizen,just die already!
iOS,android,WP compete hard & will get better from each other!!
26. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Lol "Tizen,just die already!" shows how pathetic you are!
30. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I will say Samsung should make 4 or 5 Android models a year and that's it. Flagship = Galaxy S/Note, Limited Premium series = F series, mid affordable range: Neo Lite/Mini series (S5 Mini/Note 3 Lite)
With Tizen have a Zeke high end and an affordable decent mid ranger, sorted.
28. Liveitup (Posts: 359; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
It looks like it was inspired by Windows Phone Live Tiles.