Samsung to officially launch its Z1 Tizen smartphone in January (for $90 or less)

Samsung to officially launch its Z1 Tizen smartphone in January (for $90 or less)
Samsung could finally release its delayed Z1 Tizen smartphone (model number SM-Z130H) in the first month of next year. According to The Korea Economic Daily, a Samsung official declared that the handset will be launched on January 18, 2015, in India - where it was initially supposed to be introduced this month.

Reportedly, the Samsung official confirmed that the Z1 would not cost more than 100,000 Korean won (that’s about $90). Come January, Indian customers should be able to buy the new handset online, as well as through Samsung’s “existing sales networks.”

As previously mentioned, the Samsung Z1 is an entry-level smartphone made to help Samsung fight off the army of ultra cheap devices that are very popular in emerging markets. While we haven’t seen it, we know that the Z1 is supposed to feature a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, being powered by a dual-core Spreadtrum processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. The handset should also have 3G, Wi-Fi, dual SIM capabilities, a 3.2 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, and 512 MB of RAM.

Given Samsung's history when it comes to Tizen handsets, we'll have to wait and see if the Z1 is indeed hitting the market next month.

India aside, it’s said that Samsung also plans to launch Tizen smartphones in China (starting February) and South Korea (sometime before mid-2015).

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26 Comments

1. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

like chat on. i guess

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

If you want a pure, stock TouchWiz experience without Android ruining the fun, then this is the phone for you... /s

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Except tizen has next to nothing in common with TW. It offers a very simplified android experience, but without lag and poor JS performance of android. I know cause I've played around with the sdk for a month.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

"lag and poor JS performance of android." I think you're referring to TouchWiz. Don't synonymize TouchWiz with Android...

12. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

TW on flagship devices offers similar performance to ios 8.1. Please, do take your biased opinion somewhere else. As far as JS performance is concerned, it goes like this (from fastest to slowest) WP>ios>android. Believe in what you want, I'm talking from the perspective of a developer. Though I haven't tested android lollipop yet, so they might have improved it. Not like it matters because cheap handsets will never be updated to it anyway.

24. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Stock Android has no lag. Believe in what you want. Touch Wiz lags like a turtle with a 100 pound weight attached to it. Please do take your biased opinions elsewhere.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Is it android? I thought it was a linux kernel and completely different OS and not android at all...

10. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I was reffering to the ui's look and the overal experience. It looks and feels like an android, but the icons are circular and you don't have bazillion of options to pick from.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

circular icon looks good :P unfortunatelly apps?

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

good enough if they have a thousand apps already maybe, pay the developers for it.

17. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

tizen come from meego, so it is linux, but its possible to run android apps like other meego related os.

11. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lag, even if Samsung offered the boring stock Android, you will still say it lag. Non of my Samsung Galaxy products lag, but maybe i am that lucky right? People buy Samsung phones mainly because of the features that comes along touchwiz.

23. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Its pretty much fact that samsung devices lag the most. You just cant perceive the lag. Just google Touchwiz lag. Its fact. Just deal with it.

3. sipha

Posts: 439; Member since: May 12, 2012

yeah, starting to take the chineese seriously... Anyhow, i realy think it would be great if they differenciate like this between low and high end..

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

It's a feature phone and since it runs on tizen, it'll offer a much smoother experience than andoird handsets in the similar price range. Tizen phones are meant to compete with firefox/$150 android/feature phones. Not a bad device for the price. Several years ago people used to spend hundreds of dollars to get a nokia communicator and now you can get much better devices for less than 100 bucks. My, my how things have changed...

18. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

feature phone?? it is smartphone

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not having good vibe on new mobile platform. It will need to do amazing new things or have a marketing genius like Steve Jobs to package and sell the new platform. Almost impossible that is.

9. harry29

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

n after 3-4 months they will sell it at 45$ when it flops :P :D

13. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Just believe when phone has been announced. There is always news that this copycat company will announce tizen phone but nothing happens. Just like they will announce a flexible phone. Seems sites like PA are just inventing news just to have a new article.

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Still using copycat thingy??? You guys never get brain...

20. Guaire

Posts: 850; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

If that's the price this will be toasted between Android One and Redmi 1s.

21. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

i would pay 90$ in a fancy restaurant instead of wasting it in plastic garbage

25. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Tizen will never see the light of day.

26. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

They sure this is "official"? Or will it be delayed again?

27. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

"Samsung once again delays Z1 - its very first Tizen-powered smartphone". PA may have an article with that title in January.

28. kevinlee0670

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform for multiple device categories, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, and more. iafrica.tv

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