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

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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

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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 16:40

1. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 16:49

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.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:53 4

5. srgonu (Posts: 278; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 18:48

6. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 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


Android being the middle ground, kinda like how windows is with computers?

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 20:36 3

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 5001; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Maybe Tizen doesn't use as much power to operate. Personally I don't know much about it yet so I'm somewhat intrigued like I was when I first heard about Windows Phone. We need a third player at some point and if Samsung wants a shot at it I say go for it. If we look at what Samsung already has going on in the mobile realm it almost makes sense in that they could actually succeed.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 21:28

11. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

If they produce a good Tizen handset, I will give it a shot. I gave Windows Phone multiple shots, BB10 multiple shots, and I will give Sailfish a shot if Jolla ever produces a new handset. I like to see new twists and approaches to the smartphone duopoly.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 10:29

18. DomSanity (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

Same here

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 00:33

14. phonearenarocks (Posts: 551; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)

The main highlight of Tizen is its buttery smooth UX.

But Alas, like the Chicken and Egg problem, no one buys this phone unless there are apps, no developer develops apps unless there are consumers.

It is quite a good OS but might be get shelved for mobiles...it is here to stay for TVs, SmartWatches and all other electronic appliances for its hold in The IoT - The Internet of things.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:33

3. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:37

4. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

Samsung... just stahp.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 19:19 4

7. hwb01 (Posts: 355; Member since: 17 Apr 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.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 00:27

13. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

they already allow this.


posted on 11 Mar 2016, 08:51

17. JasonX (Posts: 54; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)

You can get this with a Nexus phone...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 19:33 1

8. ctdog4748 (Posts: 797; Member since: 05 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 21:03

10. GeorgeAF (Posts: 71; Member since: 25 Feb 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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 22:40

12. kevin91202 (Posts: 599; Member since: 08 Jun 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.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 02:01

15. pendragon0202 (Posts: 136; Member since: 23 Feb 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.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 04:22

16. Victor_D (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Dec 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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