Last March (yes, 2013), we were promised that a high-end Samsung Tizen phone would touch down in August/September. Here we are in January 2014 and there’s still no sign of it.
But wait! What’s this? Only the first picture of Samsung’s first Tizen phone, alongside a handful of possible specs.
Credit here goes to Korean-language site MovePlayer. Don’t think we’ve mentioned those guys before.
What we’re seeing is a handset that looks very much like a Samsung phone, rocking Tizen – an operating system that could shake things up if or when it finally arrives.
With its tiled layout, Tizen clearly looks more Windows Phone than Android. It’s absorbed Samsung’s bada, a short-lived OS that outperformed Windows Phone in terms of market share.
As for specs, the Samsung Tizen phone is thought to have a 4.8in display, though any hopes of it being truly high-end are pretty much shattered by the now-modest 720p resolution.
Still, the Samsung Tizen phone might be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, so it’d at least be pretty nippy.
We’re in two minds about the Tizen delay. On the one hand, it’s better to get things right rather than launching a shoddy product, but we can’t help but feel that it’ll be too little too late. Heck, that’s if Tizen even cares. Some suggest it’ll focus on emerging markets, like Mozilla's Firefox OS.