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Samsung announces the Samsung Z1 in India – a sub-$100, Tizen-powered handset

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Samsung announces the Samsung Z1 in India – a sub-$100, Tizen-powered handset

Well, folks – it has been rumored about, it has been delayed, reimagined, probably, and it's finally been announced – Samsung Z1 – the first smartphone to bear Sammy's homemade Tizen OS is now official.

The entry-level handset sports a 4” 480 x 800 screen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB internal memory, expandable to 64 GB via microSD, a 3.1 MP / 0.3 MP camera combo, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The whole shebang costs around $90 (INR 5,700), and Samsung has bundled it up with a free media and entertainment hub (dubbed "Joy Box"), which will allow Z1 users to stream and download movies, tv shows, and music.

Sammy claims that Tizen is a very light OS, which wouldn't bog down the phone's hardware and allow for a seamless user experience, but allow us to raise an eyebrow at that statement. We'll be withholding judgment on that front for now anyway.

The phone will be available for purchase in India starting today, and the Tizen store is also up, just in time to support the new customers.

Suppose Samsung launches a similar smartphone in western markets – would you be interested in it?

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posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:03 7

1. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


Sammy's another failure!

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:05 2

3. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Is this Sammy's back-door exit?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:15 11

7. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


No. It's called creating more business opportunities not an "exit".

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 11:52

22. ishamesung (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


A backslider by samsung, nice snake move! Lol

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:07 1

5. AndroidLollipop (unregistered)


This could be another android from scratch. Why expecting a failure even before trying it for yourself?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:14 10

6. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


How do you know if its a failure when they haven't even got it out into the market? And what makes you the expert here??
For some weird reason I think you people are comparing these phones to high end devices. Well tell you what: That phone is 90$.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 04:08 2

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1043; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


lol rs5,700, bravo Sammy, guess what, by paying redmi 1s for rs6,000 you'll get 720p screen, 1gb ram, 8mp camera, and 2000mah battery.

Best of all, it's android!!!

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 07:26

20. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


best of all? it's cheap cr@ppy china! If I had that 100$ in my pocket to get myself a smartphone, either this or maybe an L435 or L532, but never xiwawa or whatever you guys call these things.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:31 6

10. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Still better, more functional than iPhone 4 and 4S. Not to forget it is under $100

Kudos to Sammy.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:44

12. rahul.niks (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Xcept for camera, this device beats 4s✌

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 04:48

17. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)


You mean iPhone 3G?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 07:34

21. hohoho (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


hurr!

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 12:51

23. torr310 (Posts: 792; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


The model name is a shameless failure!
Samsung, couldn't you come up one of your "own" name?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:44

26. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


It would appear the failure here are your comments. They are mostly fanboyish and not very productive nor constructive.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:05 1

2. Arthurhkt (Posts: 450; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Well, finally it's here, let see how this Tizen OS work then.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:06 5

4. AndroidLollipop (unregistered)


Kudos for the attempt.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:16 1

8. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I would like to try it out since the apps are compatible with Android. Smart move.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:22 2

9. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Wow, I'm quite surprised to see that it's priced at only $90.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 03:36

11. effimote (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


OMG ,Samsung can produce the phone with that lowest price ?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 04:00

13. muqtadir (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


it looks like galaxy ace S5830

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 04:01 1

14. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1043; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


LMAO redmi 1s cost rs6000 in india, good luck to compete that

not to mention redmi 1s 720p screen, 8mp camera, and 2000++mah battery.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 04:19 1

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


But with those specs, no thanks Sammy. Your own phones are good at sub $150 than these specs. How will it compete with Android One and Chinese brigade like Redmi, Honor series?

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 04:56

18. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Why a square home button? The rectangle one was bad enough

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 17:15

25. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


As opposed to what shape? Unless you are referring to a circle, in which case I would wonder what the real advantage of that would be.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 18:24

27. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


1) It's a joke

2) It's also a personal opinion. I prefer their rectangle home buttons as opposed to this

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 07:15

19. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 53; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Best of luck Sammy. You should focus on Tizen for entry level phones.

posted on 14 Jan 2015, 14:01

24. GeekMovement (Posts: 2155; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I'd be interested at looking through the Tizen OS and seeing how it's different from Touchwiz.

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