Samsung’s first Tizen-powered smartphone, the Z1 is officially in the market. The company finally managed able to pull off a smartphone which runs on an OS developed by Samsung. Samsung had been planning to bring out a Tizen based phone from 2013 but due to unforeseen reasons the company delayed the launch and changed their plans for the type of device too. Before hand Samsung was planning an advanced specs smartphone running on Tizen and it was to be debuted in Russia in 2014, then they shifted their focus to bringing it to an entry-level device for emerging markets. Today the company in India launched Samsung Z1, the first in the series of Tizen-powered smartphones to be offered by the company.
Lets have a look at the specs of the entry-level Samsung Z1 and see what the company is offering. Z1 sports a 4-inch 480 x 800 pixel display. The smartphone is powered be a 1.2 Ghz dual-core Speradatrum SC7727S processor accompanied by a 768 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage with can be extended to 64 GB via a micorSD. The device sports a 3.1-megapixel main and VGA front camera with a face detection software. It also supports a dual-sim capability as well as 3G connectivity. The device also features an Ultra Power Saving Mode, built-in AntiVirus and SOS Alert function for safety purposes.
Z1 will retail for $92 (5,700 INR). To attract consumers to buy a Tzien-powered phone, Samsung has collaborated with Indian entertainment websites as well as mobile service providers to produce a tempting package. People who will buy the Samsung Z1 will get three month free access to content from sites like Hungama, nextGTv and Bot TV. Along with that mobile service providers Reliance Communications and Aircel will provide 500MB of 3G data free for 6 months.
Persuading people to buy a Tizen-powered smartphone is going to be a challenge, as it is totally new. Samsung Z1 is the company’s test product and if they are really keen on producing more Tizen based products in the future they need to learn from the hits and misses from the reception of this smartphone. Currently the device is available in India only, the company has not confirmed if they will be bringing it to other markets.
How do you think Samsung Z1 will fare among the consumers and if it were to arrive in your country will you dare to try it out?
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