Samsung Z1 sales "exceeded expectations", two Tizen software updates already released

Samsung Z1 sales
Last week, a report from Reuters had it that Samsung's Tizen-based Z1 smartphone was off to a slow start in India. However, according to Business Korea, for now Samsung is actually happy with how things are going.

The Korean publication quoted Asim Warsi, vice president of Mobile and Information Technology at Samsung India, who said that "the sales volume of the Z1 exceeded our expectations." While Samsung didn't disclose sales numbers, Indian media is reporting that over 50,000 Z1 units were sold in 10 days since launch.

Costing $92, the Samsung Z1 is a low-end device with specs that aren't as exciting as those offered by other smartphones in the same price range. But Samsung says that the Z1's advantages include the fast Tizen UI, long battery life, and local-targeted content (including live TV, movies and music). Samsung already pushed two (not so big) software updates to Z1 users, both improving performance and fixing bugs - which means the company is truly committed to offering a great user experience.

India is the only country where the Z1 is currently available. Most likely, the handset will not be released in more advanced markets, but Samsung may want to sell it in Bangladesh and other countries in the region.


sources: Business Korea, SamMobile

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  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

No offence, but 50k in 10 days isn't that much, but I guess it's ok for a phone based on an absolutely new os.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Better than Jolla or Firefox OS

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I think Samsung have the right idea. I've been on android now for 5 years and its getting a bit dated - much like iOS. If Samsung can make Tizen appealing to the broader market, starting off small isn't a bad thing for such a cheap handset - then developing and progressing the OS for mainstream high end market. If they can also make the OS more fluid and seamless than android and iOS put together they may be on a winner.. You can easily see the BIG picture where Samsung is heading with Tizen. They are looking to the future to be a sole manufacturer/sole OS developer which is one GIANT step above Apple (because apple relies on manufacturers to provide hardware and assembly).. Pretty good idea - providing they can put all the pieces of the puzzle together and bring the apps to back it up. Apps will be the most difficult part of the journey.

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

No fair how do the people of India that still due elephants get the new phone for cheap and great content. And mainly there phone get the square hike button again

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

They're gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out it's not an Android phone.

5. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Actually, it could be a pleasant surprise, and they might like it better. Since Tizen is probably alot lighter than android, Tizen may become the "nexus" of low priced phones.

20. fepecy

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

i actually supports android apps, all the great apps you know and love from android run smoothly on tizen.

25. crunchbangyou

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

It is a surprise indeed. I bought this mobile and found it to be of superior build for the price and the OS is butter smooth. Can't expect a similair experience with a Android phone of same price. Apps are far too less, but its okay. Early days.

4. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"But Samsung says that the Z1's advantages include the fast Tizen UI, long battery life, and local-targeted content (including live TV, movies and music)." Samsung took a page out of Google's playbook. Tizen may become Samsung's version of Chrome. Low spec but fast os experience. Just might succeed.

6. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Mmmmm.. Inetersting im tempted to try these tizen phones . only if they support android apps im not going through the painful experience with the lack of apps on my wp 8.1 device again =\ beside sammy seems commited to the os

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

You can side load Google apps that was just noted in earlier article but very true if you could download Google apps on tizen it could rule them all. If Samsung pushes developers with high incentives for the same apps like apple you would have to pay for most it could take spoke spot

10. Kumar123 unregistered

Tizen UI looks super ugly and they also look like they're from 2007. I wonder what samsung going to do with their S6 UI, are they going to follow material design guideline or follow their own tizen aesthetic? Can't wait for MWC.

17. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I actually think it looks normal. Nothing ugly about it. Just round looking widgets. I actually like it a lot better than what Android and Apple first came out with. It kind of reminds me of LG's soft UI. Which I kind of like.

26. crunchbangyou

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Well said, Cripton. It is no way ugly. And for a first release, Tizen seems more matured than Android of early times. Seems a very good start to me.

11. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

50,000 released to sellers/Distributors And not actually sold?

12. HASHTAG unregistered

Well it clearly states that 50,000 units were sold... not released to sellers..

13. ernanimachadoalvarenga

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

The problem is the same for everybody, but Android and iOS: apps. Let's face it, developers will not get into it. The mobile OS war is already over, there's no room for anyone.

19. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Well are you completely sure? If you look at Tizen Foundation members list, count the fact that Intel is major player in the business, msamsung has quite the power on mobile market, to influence things, Tizen is doesnt have shorcomings of an Android (in matter of beeing linux) and ACL will allow to run Android apps on Tizen - I wouldnt say that its a failed project. And there is allways room for new players in mobile industry!

14. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I hope their future Z series design will be different from their galaxies.

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I just like the gold red color combination on any phone.

16. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

i got this phone 1 week ago from eBay, from my experience, i found out as a budget phone it does work very smooth and fluid, browser are as what they said, FAST. But there is 2 major problem that i wish they could work it out. 1st, allow us to install APK file straight from their phone which same as BlackBerry and Jolla. 2nd, allow us to download apps from their store, you know what? Currently the phone is only able to download app from their store if you are at INDIA!

18. goldentopman

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

This is the beginning of TIZEN OS. I hope it will make Samsung more succesful.

21. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

People in developing countries needs basic apps like whatsapp, viber, skype, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc...if tizen can provide them, they win

22. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

actually TIzen support android app, Samsung claimed it supports better than BB10 but i dont know about the reality

23. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

so this isnt thier design for the gs6?? lol. snuck it by us, lol

24. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Good phone low on budget is good phone for general use.

27. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Love this phone, its very amazing to use with many new features and specifications as i have read here, now love this phone.

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