Samsung announces Tizen-powered Samsung Z with decent specs and limited Q3 launch in tow

Samsung announces Tizen-powered Samsung Z with decent specs and limited Q3 launch in tow
A day ahead of the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, Samsung's long rumored Tizen-powered smartphone is officially a reality. It's called the Samsung Z, and curiously enough, it doesn't look quite like any of the recent leaks (such as this one and this one) we've seen so far. In fact, the design has almost nothing to do with Samsung's Galaxy S series design language. Instead, the company has opted for a particular rectangle shape that's quite popular in Chinese smartphones. However, Sammy has given it its signature faux leather treatment to differentiate. In terms of colors, the phone will be available in black and gold.

Under the Samsung Z's 4.8-inch 720p S-AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM, presumably a Snapdragon 800, runs the house. There is LTE Cat 4 (150/50Mbps) support on-board. Other specs include a pair of 8MP and 2.1MP rear and front cameras, a fingerprint sensor, 16GB of internal storage, and a 2600mAh battery. The smartphone is sized 5.44 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches (138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5mm) and weights 4.8 oz (136g). The operating system is Tizen OS 2.2.1, which packs familiar Samsung functionality, such as Download Booster and S Health 3.0.

The Samsung Z will be selling in Russia first, sometime after July. Other countries will follow, but it isn't known when. The price is still in question, too.

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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)



1. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

design looks familiar.... sony?

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And it is Z series!

9. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

lol xperia z is a directly copy of LG optimus G Japanese ver. , just xperia slightly bigger (bezel also) and without "diamond reflection pattern rear"

24. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

just take a look at Sony's old models like Xperia Satio and Ray and you'll see that this design language existed even before the existence of LG!

65. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG Prada phone was released to market before any sony fully capacitive phone that has a rectangular shape . Sony xperia Z was a copy of LG Optimus G. at&t

48. FingerMyApple unregistered

Still a better phone than lagdroid :)

59. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The entire market is saturated with Samsung's phones. WTF!

60. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

No way!!! It's rectangular so its a copy of the iPhone -.- really ppl get a life!

38. Adithya7184 unregistered

trolls everywhere...just tell me how this looks like a sony device.

39. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Sorry but this looks more like LG Optimus L series...

44. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG Optimus series. these are the inspiration of this phone LG Optimus LTE2( front) LG Optimus L9 T=Mobile (front and a bit curve on sides and the back) LG Optimus L7 ( the top of the phone);;;;;;

57. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly. LG Optimus L5 E610

47. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

looks like a mobile phone!

61. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011


50. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Nah it looks like a rectangular version of the S line.

3. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

nah, they copied LG this time

7. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Yeah it looks like Optimus 4X.

13. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

omnia7 had before optimus 4x?.

51. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Seriously it just looks like a rectangular version of the S series.

4. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

No, it's not Sony, squarish indeed, but the back is pretty different. Lenovo maybe?

5. express77 unregistered

Whoever samsung copied, apple will sue them.

33. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I literally cried reading that statement.

36. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

lol this is funny

8. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

similar kind of design to the Samsung Wave S8500, looking at the top edge, except the Wave S8500 was aluminium, also more squared off.

12. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

did you know omnia7? look it again. sony z copy from omnia7?

15. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

it's like Z Series & Note Series had a baby :|

22. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Omni balance?

26. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

You guys are all wrong. It is 100% copy of LG Optimus LTE2 (Only available in Korea) OR Verizon Spectrum2 (Otimus LTE2 for Verizon)

31. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

how does this look like sony? does sony have a physical button at the bottom? does it have a plastic leather like material? are the camera and flash located in the middle on sony phones? Oh wait, only sony uses the rectangle design and no other company does?

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