Finally - Samsung to launch a Tizen smartphone in India on December 10

Finally - Samsung to launch a Tizen smartphone in India on December 10
When it comes to Tizen handsets, the chances of one seeing the light of the day have been consistently close to those of Lucifer's domain freezing over. Yet, not long ago, we had a substantial rumor that a Tizen-powered low-end Samsung Z130H smartphone will be released by the end of 2014. Now, the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper echoes the same rumor by suggesting that Samsung will announce its first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z1, on a Dec. 10 conference.

Allegedly, this device will be a sub-$100 offering that is set to debut in India first. Such a price tag sounds unusually aggressive for Samsung, but it's not like the company is selling crazy hardware on the cheap. In fact, the Z1's purported specs sound hopelessly out of date. We're talking about a 4-inch 480x800 display, a 3.2MP main camera and a VGA front cam, a dual-core 1.2GHz Spreadtrum processor paired with 512MB RAM, dual-SIM, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. Hopefully, at this point Tizen is tight and optimized enough to perform smoothly on these antiquated internals. For all we know, the Samsung Z1's Tizen build looks a lot like a cartoony portrayal of the company's TouchWiz UI.

Originally, Samsung wanted to roll out a Tizen phone in Russia by Q3 2014, but the company postponed its ambitions in order to enhance Tizen's app ecosystem. It did, however, make use of the platform for three of its smartwatches, the Gear S, Gear 2, and Gear Neo. Now, Tizen enthusiasts (raise your hands!) have a little more to look forward to.

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23 Comments

1. unwanted

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Lol, the platform is in zombie state

20. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Im a huge samsung fan but I dont want tizen and that logo looks too much like digital turbine wtf.

23. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Welcome Tizen. I think Samsung is going to use Tizen for their budget phones or feature phone. They will use android for mid to high end phones. Touchwiz is their own style & culture. They cannot get out of it very easily. Moreover, we all know that symbian ruled the world for long time and it is dead. So Samsung might be planning a post android era. They need to build an alternative option.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

No thanks Sammy.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

DEAD.

4. Palladium

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

After using Touchwiz firsthand, I *surely* will not touch a Samsung OS with a 100 foot pole. It's somebody who is already bad at making bicycles and then asking him to make a motorcycle.

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Kinda agree with you. And I don't think OS is an issue for samsung as they have a great OS called android. Its just their way of controlling the OS and the hardware like apple does. But how the f**k they expect to do well with new OS when their own android skin is the s**ttiest one out there

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Typical comments from so-called aficionado who thinks he has been given the divine right to decide what is good/bad for others. Here's a deal, first prove that you can do something better than criticize others. Criticizing someone is easy, try doing something yourself that you would know.

8. Palladium

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

In other words, reviewers shouldn't review anything because they don't make anything, right?

17. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Try a a better comeback next time.

9. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Just another troll :) Im currently using note 4 and TW has improved a lot.

22. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

You do realize, if you don't like TouchWiz you can install an alternative launcher. Right? TouchWiz is more than just a skin. It si a application layer that adds significant capabilities to Samsung phones that no other Android phone or tablet has. PERIOD. Which is why Samsung sold 350M smartphones last year with most running TW. I have gone onto ATT, T-Mobile and Verizon's websites for people who have purchased Samsung Galaxy line of devices. I rarely see anyone complain about problems with TW. In fact most of the reviews are all positive. Most are talking about how great the features are. The vast majority have no idea what TW is or what it does. Does TW need an overhaul? NO! What it does need is to be able to run directly on the hardware. The reason for some lag is the fact Android is a Virtual Machine that doesn't have direct access to the hardware. If Android worked like C+ which is what iOS uses, the phones would run so much better.

7. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Why so negative response, glad to see another linux player come to life. With Intel and Samsung on the board, it can very well change the pic quite a lot. There have sure been lots of birth pains, but in core, this tiny linux can be smth very nice. Sailfish is also another linux baby on mobile, which hasnt taken off, but in essence is quite nice. (probably due to Jolla beeing only one). Ubuntu is also in that patch of mobile OS's that are quite niche at the moment, but can change the picutre with enough mass. I wouldnt condamn Samsung for bringing another player to the playground - I just hope they have more power to the pedal than with Bada. Remain hopeful...

10. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I will support Samsung with their amazing TIZEN OS and buy every phone they will release from the galaxy tizen 1 to galaxy tizen 89 neo pro advance (This sarcasm has been sent by the amazing premium iPhone 6 plus)

11. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

at least sammy user in India can ditch lagdroid :)

12. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Do **** with that Spreadtrum Processor Samesung. Nobody wants that s**t processor from a chinese startup called Spredtrum bulls**t.

13. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Please samsung don't send your garbage in India. Instead push it in your aaasssss.

14. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

what happened with bada. I don't think anyone is interested in samsung tizen. even considered as feature phone there are so many androids even better at this price. so samsung no thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaankxxxx.

15. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

At first, i was quite interested with this new linux based OS, but their constant delay had push my blazing hot interest to deep zero cold, i had a feeling that they will delay the launch again. Even if they do announce it, they might delay it again.

16. abhi24

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

Bada is long dead..... Ohh sorry, is it Tizen?? We must welcome a new player. Come, say with me. "REST IN PEACE". A pissed wave 2 user.

18. Cvagoc95

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 28, 2014

I would buy it. if it is cheap enough, I would give it a try. Just to experience with it.

19. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Welcome Tizen. I think Samsung is going to use Tizen for their budget phones or feature phone. They will use android for mid to high end phones. Touchwiz is their own style & culture. They cannot get out of it very easily. Moreover, we all know that symbian ruled the world for long time and it is dead. So Samsung might be planning a post android era. They need to build an alternative option.

21. jm1226

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

I like my gear 2, but that's enough Tizen for me

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