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Samsung to officially launch its Z1 Tizen smartphone in January (for $90 or less)

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Samsung to officially launch its Z1 Tizen smartphone in January (for $90 or less)
Samsung could finally release its delayed Z1 Tizen smartphone (model number SM-Z130H) in the first month of next year. According to The Korea Economic Daily, a Samsung official declared that the handset will be launched on January 18, 2015, in India - where it was initially supposed to be introduced this month.

Reportedly, the Samsung official confirmed that the Z1 would not cost more than 100,000 Korean won (that’s about $90). Come January, Indian customers should be able to buy the new handset online, as well as through Samsung’s “existing sales networks.”

As previously mentioned, the Samsung Z1 is an entry-level smartphone made to help Samsung fight off the army of ultra cheap devices that are very popular in emerging markets. While we haven’t seen it, we know that the Z1 is supposed to feature a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, being powered by a dual-core Spreadtrum processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The handset should also have 3G, Wi-Fi, dual SIM capabilities, a 3.2 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, and 512 MB of RAM.

Given Samsung's history when it comes to Tizen handsets, we'll have to wait and see if the Z1 is indeed hitting the market next month.

India aside, it’s said that Samsung also plans to launch Tizen smartphones in China (starting February) and South Korea (sometime before mid-2015).

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posted on 20 Dec 2014, 08:56 1

1. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)


like chat on. i guess

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:10 7

2. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


If you want a pure, stock TouchWiz experience without Android ruining the fun, then this is the phone for you...
/s

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:31 6

5. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Except tizen has next to nothing in common with TW. It offers a very simplified android experience, but without lag and poor JS performance of android. I know cause I've played around with the sdk for a month.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:39 6

7. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


"lag and poor JS performance of android." I think you're referring to TouchWiz. Don't synonymize TouchWiz with Android...

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 10:12 3

12. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


TW on flagship devices offers similar performance to ios 8.1. Please, do take your biased opinion somewhere else. As far as JS performance is concerned, it goes like this (from fastest to slowest) WP>ios>android. Believe in what you want, I'm talking from the perspective of a developer. Though I haven't tested android lollipop yet, so they might have improved it. Not like it matters because cheap handsets will never be updated to it anyway.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 18:33 1

24. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1837; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Stock Android has no lag. Believe in what you want. Touch Wiz lags like a turtle with a 100 pound weight attached to it. Please do take your biased opinions elsewhere.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:45

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 5090; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Is it android? I thought it was a linux kernel and completely different OS and not android at all...

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 10:02

10. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


I was reffering to the ui's look and the overal experience. It looks and feels like an android, but the icons are circular and you don't have bazillion of options to pick from.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 10:17

14. medtxa (Posts: 1116; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


circular icon looks good :P unfortunatelly apps?

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 10:28

15. medtxa (Posts: 1116; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


good enough if they have a thousand apps already maybe, pay the developers for it.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 11:13 1

17. hemedans (Posts: 460; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


tizen come from meego, so it is linux, but its possible to run android apps like other meego related os.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 10:07 3

11. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Lag, even if Samsung offered the boring stock Android, you will still say it lag. Non of my Samsung Galaxy products lag, but maybe i am that lucky right?
People buy Samsung phones mainly because of the features that comes along touchwiz.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 15:59

23. Supraman21 (Posts: 309; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


Its pretty much fact that samsung devices lag the most. You just cant perceive the lag. Just google Touchwiz lag. Its fact. Just deal with it.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:23 1

3. sipha (Posts: 434; Member since: 12 May 2012)


yeah, starting to take the chineese seriously... Anyhow, i realy think it would be great if they differenciate like this between low and high end..

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:25 2

4. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


It's a feature phone and since it runs on tizen, it'll offer a much smoother experience than andoird handsets in the similar price range. Tizen phones are meant to compete with firefox/$150 android/feature phones. Not a bad device for the price. Several years ago people used to spend hundreds of dollars to get a nokia communicator and now you can get much better devices for less than 100 bucks. My, my how things have changed...

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 11:14

18. hemedans (Posts: 460; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


feature phone?? it is smartphone

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:36

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 5358; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Not having good vibe on new mobile platform. It will need to do amazing new things or have a marketing genius like Steve Jobs to package and sell the new platform.

Almost impossible that is.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 09:58

9. harry29 (Posts: 20; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


n after 3-4 months they will sell it at 45$ when it flops :P :D

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 10:16

13. amasog (Posts: 338; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Just believe when phone has been announced. There is always news that this copycat company will announce tizen phone but nothing happens. Just like they will announce a flexible phone. Seems sites like PA are just inventing news just to have a new article.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 11:32 3

19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Still using copycat thingy???
You guys never get brain...

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 11:58

20. Guaire (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


If that's the price this will be toasted between Android One and Redmi 1s.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 13:06

21. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


i would pay 90$ in a fancy restaurant instead of wasting it in plastic garbage

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 18:34

25. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1837; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Tizen will never see the light of day.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 22:33 1

26. Sharky (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


They sure this is "official"? Or will it be delayed again?

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 22:39 1

27. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


"Samsung once again delays Z1 - its very first Tizen-powered smartphone". PA may have an article with that title in January.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 01:04

28. kevinlee0670 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Dec 2014)


Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform for multiple device categories, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, and more.

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