Ah, Tizen. At one time, the OS was tipped to come between Samsung and Android and really shake up the smartphone world, but the first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z (left), has still yet to be released, and now appears to have been delayed indefinitely.
As such, it comes as the greatest of surprises to hear that there’s possibly a low-end Tizen smartphone in the works, too. Zuh?
That’s what we’re inferring from Zauba, the Indian import/export thingy that logs details of goods entering and leaving the country.
It lists several accessories (“BATTERY COVER”, “REAR CAP”, “LCD/TSP ASSY”, “BATTERY”) for something called the SM-Z130H, entering the country for “R&D PURPOSE”.
Since the model number for the Samsung Z is SM-Z910F, it’s probably fair to assume that the SM-Z130H is a) a Tizen phone, and b) further down the spec ladder than the existing chap – the higher the number, the better the phone.
Merely conjecture at this stage, clearly, but even assuming we are on the money, it’s unlikely that the SM-Z130H would make much of an impact in the UK. The Samsung Z was scheduled for release in Russia initially, and Tizen is earmarked primarily for emerging markets.
Will Tizen ever get off the ground? Answers on a Samsung Galaxy Wave.