This morning Samsung has unveiled the first commercially available Tizen powered smartphone, the Samsung Z, a 4.8-inch device offering fast and powerful software performance from Samsung’s own operating system, as well as cutting edge design found on Samsung’s Galaxy devices, this time with no Android.
Announced this morning, the he Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3, letting developers get hands-on with the Tizen powered device as well as discussing development on the device because with Tizen, other than Samsung’s own app store, the Samsung Z won’t be able to benefit from Android’s Google Play Store.
The Samsung Z is a 4.8-inch device with a HD Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The device is powered by a 2.3GHz Quad core application processor and 3GB RAM. Along with 16GB internal storage, support for a microSD slot up to 64GB, and 8MP rear and 2.1MP front cameras, as well as features found on Samsung’s range of Galaxy devices such as the fingerprint sensor and some of their S apps, and the Ultra Power Saving Mode.
Most importantly though, the Samsung Z is powered by Tizen 2.2.1, the first commercially available version of Tizen which Samsung are hoping provides a more “fast, optimal performance” as well as better memory management, faster start up times, and better multitasking capabilities. Tizen also offers more customisation capabilities, but can they really pull away from Android?
The Samsung Z will be available first in Russia in the third quarter of this year and is planned to expand to other markets. People will be offered access to additional applications through the Tizen Store at the launch of the Samsung Z.