Here's Samsung's first Galaxy-like Tizen smartphone (which will likely never be released)

Here's Samsung's first Galaxy-like Tizen smartphone (which will likely never be released)
Samsung surprised us earlier this month with the unveiling of its first Tizen smartphone: the Samsung Z. The handset’s announcement itself wasn’t surprising (the arrival of a Tizen-based smartphone was long overdue), but its design was. The Z just doesn’t look like Samsung’s current line of Galaxy smartphones. However, before the Z, Samsung was planning to introduce a Tizen handset that had a lot in common with its Galaxy devices. We’re talking about the Samsung ZeQ, which showed up on eBay back in January.

While the ZeQ will likely never be sold, lots of live photos of it are now available thanks to the FCC (which approved the device in December 2013, but only today published these photos). The ZeQ that the FCC revealed was supposed to be launched in Japan via NTT DoCoMo, carrying the model number SC-03F.

The ZeQ seems to be a bit smaller than Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and S4, reportedly featuring a 4.8-inch 720p display. Other than that, the handset allegedly features a Snapdragon 800 processor (just like the Samsung Z), LTE, a rear camera with LED flash, and a 2,600 mAh battery. 

Check out the Samsung ZeQ in the slideshow below, and let us know of you prefer its design instead of what the Z is offering (not that this would change the fact that Samsung seems to have cancelled this handset).

source: FCC via Blog of Mobile (translated)



1. Mark7

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Same Ol' Plastic.

8. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

remote controls - Same Ol' Plastic. console controllers - Same Ol' Plastic. shampoo bottles - Same Ol' Plastic. light switches - Same Ol' Plastic. auto mobiles - Same Ol' Plastic. computer keyboard - Same Ol' Plastic. water bottles - Same Ol' Plastic. computer case - Same Ol' Plastic. credit cards - Same Ol' Plastic. pens - Same Ol' Plastic. vacuums - Same Ol' Plastic. my ex girlfriends face - Same Ol' Plastic. toys - Same Ol' Plastic. computer mouse - Same Ol' Plastic. george bush's brain - Same Ol' Plastic. The world is made out of plastic. What is the problem with plastic phones? Stop the bandwagon hate on plastic Samsung devices and get over yourself. Cell phones are made out of plastic. Don't like it? Boo f*cking hoo. Go buy an aluminum pocket puss and get over it.

10. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012


11. RocKO03

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Lolx :D what things you mention supports a better plastic than samsung .. :P

17. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I preffer adamantium myself. Kriptonite not good, it gives me some sort of Allergic Reaction... have no iddea why...

12. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

it's not about same Ol' Plastic, it's Same Ol' design. samesung.... lazy to make concept about their different line of phones, this is why i hate them, they're cost cutting and not giving much to their consumer, but who am i, samsung sells anyway. as long they sell they will never bother to make a different design.

15. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

So is Sony, HTC, LG, Motorola,..., Apple. Go and made yourself an your dream phone. Success!

16. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

So is Sony, HTC, LG, Motorola,..., Apple. Go and made yourself an your dream phone. Success!

2. farzad_funny

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Better than Z but maybe the different design was needed for the Tizen brand I mean ATIV SE looks alot like S4 except for the back. And this one also looks like it! Although a lot thicker So holding these three devices next to each other to a normal and average consumer would seem the same device. Z may not be the most attractive one but still better to be different than S and Note line. Also something bugs me. MeeGo was gesture based and no buttons were present except for power and volume and since Tizen is like a successor to MeeGo shouldn't it also be gesture based? I mean...seriously? Again with the famous three? Come on changed your mind about the same language design change this also. MeeGo was famous for being the real vision of iPhone that Steve Jobs had A phone with no buttons! So make that a reality. You have the tools, the software and talent. Just do it! Flexible screen, Tizen and new design spells Next Gen Smartphone! With that combination there would literally be no buttons. The flexible screen could act as volume and power and Tizen can take a page from MeeGo's book for gesture and done! No buttons futuristic phone!

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you knew anything about Android, then you would know that you can enable on screen buttons on any Android device that is version 4.0 (ICS) and above. There were apps before ICS. But its built into 4.0 and above.

14. farzad_funny

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yea I don't know anything you know everything. My problem is with on screen ones. Samsung uses the three that is has and gives user the whole screen. And by the way...I'm saying no buttons at all. Just gesture. And seriously is your comment relevant? Where did I say anything about android? Read it And so you know I used android since Froyo and owned every Galaxy S and Nexus 7 s. So I pretty much have been in the android business a long time and know a lot more than you.

3. jcru2001

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I agree, same old design (as I sit here with a note 3 and S5) but why isn't plastic the better choice here? I agree I like the look of the metal phones. Now the feel is a whole other ball of wax. Too heavy in the case of the new htc. And drop one and the damage is usually much worse. So IMHO, plastic is a more practical material. Tell me where I'm wrong. And as for the iPhone, I don't use one, but I see customers all the time with shattered glass and dented phones, so that's not immune either.

4. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Looks like a chinese knock-off honestly

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Nothing dynamic, but it would be nice to see another OS hit the market...

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well Samsung has the resources to take away some market share if they are committed to tizen. Google must have sweeten their Android deal to make sure it will never happen.

9. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Looks almost identical to my S4 mini.

13. byczybyk

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

it was not called zeq

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