Tizen-based Samsung Z1 (2016) reportedly in the making

Tizen-based Samsung Z1 (2016) reportedly in the making
Until now, Samsung introduced only two Tizen-based smartphones: the Z1 and the Z3, both of which were launched last year (in January and October, respectively). Reportedly, a third Tizen handset might be coming soon: according to SamMobile, Samsung is working on a Z1 (2016) - model number SM-Z150 - and, since the original Z1 was released in early 2015, the new device could be announced in the near future.

Apart from the fact that the Samsung Z1 (2016) could sport an AMOLED display, there's no word on what features it's supposed to be bringing. In any case, just like the Z1 from last year, the new model is, most probably, an entry-level device made for customers who can't really afford to pay too much for a new handset. At launch, the original Z1 - pictured below - was sold for around $90, and we assume that its successor will be offered for a similar price.

The original Z1 and the Z3 haven't been released in the US, but maybe Samsung is planning to bring the new Z1 (2016), or another Tizen smartphone, to North America at some point. We'll definitely let you know if that happens.

source: SamMobile



1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Samsung Z series is the reason why Sony ended the Z series? ;)

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I have a serious question: What would tizen deliver that you can't find on android or iOS. For the record, I'm really hoping for a third major contender if Samsung switched completely to tizen - we'll have a three horse race. I'm just hoping its compelling enough to make people happy vs android.

5. srgonu

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

May be going forward, similar hardware as Galaxy flagships with timely updates.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

From what I understand they want to control it in a similar way as Apple controls iOS, to allow them control and easier handling, updates and whatnot then android currently allows. That said will they succeed? no clue, android is pretty solid, but maybe they are hoping to sway Apple users over? So it becomes iOS/Android/Tizen Android being the middle ground, kinda like how windows is with computers?

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I can even smell a flop from where I live...come on Samsung, you should have ditched TIZEN a long time ago. Nobody wants a crippled smartphone

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Samsung... just stahp.

7. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

If I can get the freedom and functionality of Android with iOS style updates and smoothness, I would be all for it. However, app selection will probably be a problem unless they allow Android apps to be sideloaded.

13. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

17. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You can get this with a Nexus phone...

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Samsung can't even control their wearables with Tizen (witness the app and watch face fragmentation between the Bluetooth Gear S2 and 3G models Gear S2), I shudder to think of the disaster a phone running Tizen would be. Not to mention that Samsung ain't had much luck luring in quality developers for their Tizen products.

10. GeorgeAF

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

I am actually interested in a Tizen based flagship phone. For me this is a promising OS. Hopefully it wont suffer from the so called lack of Apps from the Windows Mobile platform. In 2020, Tizen might just be the alternative to iOS and Android if Samsung plays its cards right. I am eagerly anticipating the day Samsung creats an S-series like powerful Tizen phone

12. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

If Samsung wants to survive the saturated Android market (Huawei and Xiaomi), they will have no choice but to go with Tizen. Besides, plain Android is boring, inefficient, and boring.

15. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I recently bought Z3 for fun (its damn cheap) Pros - smooth, cheap, nice design for the price, efficient battery and fast speed given the low spec hardware, update straight from samsung. Cons- besides FB,Twitter, and Whatsapp, not much famous native apps are available. If you are just in for web browsing, chatting and SNS and watch youtube... highly recommended.

16. Victor_D

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 06, 2015

They should just release Windows 10 Mobile handsets when the system is mature enough. It basically has everything Samsung wanted to achieve with Tizen and is more efficient than Android in terms of system resources. Perfect for low-end phones. They don't have to go all in at first, just try a few models and evaluate the response. If things go well, expand to get leverage against Google/Android. Tizen was a good idea first, but now it's just a lost cause.

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