Tizen powered Samsung Z1 launching in January

According to the reports out today, it looks as if the Samsung’s elusive Tizen powered Z1 (SM-Z130H) will be launching on 18th January in India. It was supposed to launch there this month, but due to some unnamed reasons, the release was delayed again. This is not the first time this has happened with Samsung Z1. Beforehand this smartphone was supposed to launch in Russia in Q3, but then Samsung changed its plan.

Tizen is Samsung’s attempt at bringing out their own operating system like Android for their smartphones. One of the reasons that the unveiling of the Tizen powered smartphone was delayed was that the company wanted to work more on development of the OS. This is another bid by the company to bring out economical smartphones to boost their sales graph.

Samsung Z1 will be an entry-level smartphone which will sport a 4-inch 480 x 800 display, 3.2 MP rear camera and VGA front camera. The device will be equipped with a dual core 1.3 GHz Spreadtrum processor, a 512 MB RAM and a dual sim capability. We have no idea about what it looks like till yet, but the Z1 will retail at $90 and will be available online next month.

Well the smartphone in terms of specifications, offers nothing new, apart from the Tizen based operating system and maybe that is what the company is banking on to be its saving grace. Samsung will be launching this device in India which currently is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets of the world. Its not only Samsung who wants to get an edge there, other manufacturers are working towards bringing economical smartphone with great specifications; its quite a competitive market. As of what seen yet from companies like Micromax, Lenovo and OnePlus in terms of the quality of devices they are currently launching in India, Samsung will definitely have to push their game a bit if they want to boost their sales.

Let’s see how Samsung Z1 does when it launches next month and how successful is their bet with a Tizen-powered device. Z1 will launch in February in China and till May in Korea.


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