Samsung announces the Samsung Z1 in India – a sub-$100, Tizen-powered handset

Well, folks – it has been rumored about, it has been delayed, reimagined, probably, and it's finally been announced – Samsung Z1 – the first smartphone to bear Sammy's homemade Tizen OS is now official.

The entry-level handset sports a 4” 480 x 800 screen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB internal memory, expandable to 64 GB via microSD, a 3.1 MP / 0.3 MP camera combo, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The whole shebang costs around $90 (INR 5,700), and Samsung has bundled it up with a free media and entertainment hub (dubbed "Joy Box"), which will allow Z1 users to stream and download movies, tv shows, and music.

Sammy claims that Tizen is a very light OS, which wouldn't bog down the phone's hardware and allow for a seamless user experience, but allow us to raise an eyebrow at that statement. We'll be withholding judgment on that front for now anyway.

The phone will be available for purchase in India starting today, and the Tizen store is also up, just in time to support the new customers.

Suppose Samsung launches a similar smartphone in western markets – would you be interested in it?



1. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Sammy's another failure!

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Is this Sammy's back-door exit?

7. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No. It's called creating more business opportunities not an "exit".

22. ishamesung

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

A backslider by samsung, nice snake move! Lol

5. AndroidLollipop unregistered

This could be another android from scratch. Why expecting a failure even before trying it for yourself?

6. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

How do you know if its a failure when they haven't even got it out into the market? And what makes you the expert here?? For some weird reason I think you people are comparing these phones to high end devices. Well tell you what: That phone is 90$.

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

lol rs5,700, bravo Sammy, guess what, by paying redmi 1s for rs6,000 you'll get 720p screen, 1gb ram, 8mp camera, and 2000mah battery. Best of all, it's android!!!

20. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

best of all? it's cheap cr@ppy china! If I had that 100$ in my pocket to get myself a smartphone, either this or maybe an L435 or L532, but never xiwawa or whatever you guys call these things.

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Still better, more functional than iPhone 4 and 4S. Not to forget it is under $100 Kudos to Sammy.

12. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Xcept for camera, this device beats 4s✌

17. Cyagocaliz unregistered

You mean iPhone 3G?

21. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014


23. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The model name is a shameless failure! Samsung, couldn't you come up one of your "own" name?

26. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

It would appear the failure here are your comments. They are mostly fanboyish and not very productive nor constructive.

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Well, finally it's here, let see how this Tizen OS work then.

4. AndroidLollipop unregistered

Kudos for the attempt.

8. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I would like to try it out since the apps are compatible with Android. Smart move.

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Wow, I'm quite surprised to see that it's priced at only $90.

11. effimote

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

OMG ,Samsung can produce the phone with that lowest price ?

13. muqtadir

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

it looks like galaxy ace S5830

14. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

LMAO redmi 1s cost rs6000 in india, good luck to compete that not to mention redmi 1s 720p screen, 8mp camera, and 2000++mah battery.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But with those specs, no thanks Sammy. Your own phones are good at sub $150 than these specs. How will it compete with Android One and Chinese brigade like Redmi, Honor series?

18. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Why a square home button? The rectangle one was bad enough

25. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

As opposed to what shape? Unless you are referring to a circle, in which case I would wonder what the real advantage of that would be.

27. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

1) It's a joke 2) It's also a personal opinion. I prefer their rectangle home buttons as opposed to this

19. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Best of luck Sammy. You should focus on Tizen for entry level phones.

24. GeekMovement unregistered

I'd be interested at looking through the Tizen OS and seeing how it's different from Touchwiz.

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