Samsung has finally announced the first Tizen OS smartphone, after a few years working on the platform and refining the user experience to something acceptable. Tizen OS has went through plenty of iterations and the Samsung Z will be the first smartphone to show it off.
The Samsung Z is a pretty unremarkable device at first glance, it has the same back leather stitching we have seen on the Galaxy Note 3, but does not come with the shell-like design seen on the Galaxy smartphones, instead going for an Xperia Z rectangular look.
This is definitely marketed as a mid-range device, the 4.8-inch 1280 x 720 resolution display is nothing impressive against any of the top Android devices, most come with 1080p displays and some are now running “2K displays” at a much higher resolution.
Internally it does look a bit more appetising, running a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, most likely the Snapdragon 800, alongside 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a 64GB microSD slot, 8MP rear camera and a 2600mAh battery.
Samsung has not added the heart-rate or fingerprint sensor onto the Samsung Z, this might be due to Tizen OS API limitations or the fact Samsung doesn’t want to add any core Galaxy technology onto their new and unused OS.
Tizen OS 2.2.1 is running on the Samsung Z at the moment and comes with S Health, Samsung health app for their Galaxy devices. This could change by the time we actually get our hands on the Samsung Z, first coming to Russia and CIS countries in Q3 2014.
Throughout this time Samsung will be holding developer conferences and jams to grab more apps on the Tizen Store. We are not sure if Tizen OS will take off, but if it works in Russia the South Korean electronics giant may look to open up shop in more countries.