Tizen-based Samsung Galaxy S5 apparently in testing

Less than a month after Samsung announced its first Tizen-based smartphone (the Samsung Z), we’re now hearing that the South Korean company may be testing a Galaxy S5 variant that also uses Tizen OS (instead of Android).

According to Zauba - a website that lists products imported and exported to and from India - a few “Samsung Galaxy S5 Tizen test phones” recently arrived in the country from South Korea. Of course, even if Samsung is testing Tizen on the Galaxy S5, this doesn’t mean that it wants to commercialize a non-Android S5. At the moment, the Galaxy line exclusively includes Android devices, and it’s hard to believe that Samsung will ever want to introduce a Tizen-based Galaxy.

But perhaps Samsung is planning to make a Tizen smartphone that’s similar, hardware-wise, to the Galaxy S5? That remains a possibility, though there’s no way of confirming anything at the moment. It’s too early to predict what Tizen will mean for Samsung’s smartphone business anyway. The Samsung Z isn’t available to buy yet, but it should be released in select markets starting the third quarter (which begins tomorrow). We'll see after its launch if Tizen can be a worthy alternative to Android.

source: Zauba via SamDownloads (translated)



1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013


2. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Are u kidding samsung? To many smartphone release make me sick.hope that samsung focus on high end only. Let others company do the mid and low end smartphone. Or just focus on tizen

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The reason why Samsung is #1 is because of mid-low end phones fyi.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's right whether you want to admit or not. HTC did the same thing and look what happened to them. You cannibalize your brand by releasing too many products.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC doesn't have the marketing budget Samsung or Apple does that's why.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's not the point.

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Why the hate? I don't see your phone company being the most successful smartphone business next to Apple.

5. domfonusr

Posts: 1088; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung ended up focusing on Tizen some day in the semi-distant future. If they can make it successful early on, then it could be sooner rather than later. It all depends on how successful Tizen COULD be, and I imagine that they are testing this idea now because they would like to see how it might work, in terms of both hardware-software interactions and marketing nuances, to put Tizen on their future flagship devices. It sure would be valuable to know something about that, now wouldn't it?

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It seems so similar to TouchWiz that the average consumer will just take it for a different UI.

8. domfonusr

Posts: 1088; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

So, if Samsung customers mostly like TouchWiz, then it wouldn't surprise me that Tizen looks a lot like TouchWiz. I don't think it is an exact likeness, from what I have seen, but, in order for it to take off with existing customers, it has to be close enough that existing customers aren't lost when navigating Tizen. A little different probably isn't a bad thing, and Samsung will finally in control of the software product from end-to-end, which should make them happy, too.

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Don't buy it and Samsung will see how much of a failure it is. I want to believe that smart people still exist. Android is too large and too powerful to switch. And part of it is Samsung's doing. Just look at those watches. Samsung knew what's up and came out with a Android Wear model.

10. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Tizen will be much better than Android if you ask me.

15. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Technically, their old flagships (galaxy s3, s4) are the new low/mid range phones. so if they adopt Google's approach and get new versions of os on old devices (like 4.4 on S2 or whatever).

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1088; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It seems to me that Samsung is faced with an interesting dichotomy: continue with Android, and stay where they're at, or take a chance on something new, proprietary, and unusual (Tizen), and see if they can do better. Samsung has gotten to be quite the behemoth by riding on the back of Android, but that ride to the top seems to have come to a ceiling, or at least near a ceiling, recently. If they are good at strategy, then they are already looking at possibilities for what might be next... this is where Nokia failed - Nokia rested on their Symbian laurels, and although they were the smartphone king in those days, they ended up riding well through their peak, and a little down the back of that slope, too. Samsung will not want to go where Nokia has been without learning the lessons to be learned, and this is one of them. In recent quarters, Samsung has reported that they are not meeting expectations, and are standing rather still, though still at the top. In a time like this, they now have a choice: stand still some more, or shake things up in a new and different way. Since Apple is such a good revenue-getting model of a company for Samsung to look at, it may make the idea of Samsung ditching Android for a proprietary OS look attractive. It would give customers an air of brand exclusivity, and free Samsung from any elements of Android that its customers have shown dislike of. The question is how soon this will happen, or can happen, and how soon will it be before Samsung has lived out their time at the top of the market without declining some... the answers to these questions will likely line up with Samsung's internal testing and other plans for Tizen.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your comment is longer than the article lol.

16. domfonusr

Posts: 1088; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

That's analysis for ya...

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