Finally, after seemingly endless delays, we’re in a position to talk about - *trumpet fanfare* (YouTube) - the first ever Samsung Tizen smartphone, woohoo!
We’re officially calling it the Samsung Z (no “Galaxy” here; it denotes Android), and while we wait for it to go on sale in Russia in Q3, we’ve got specs and stuff to chew on.
The Samsung Z news is shared by Samsung Tomorrow, the South Korean manufacturer’s official global blog, wherein Sammo promises to show the phone at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco later today.
Lady Lee Young Hee promised a high-end Tizen smartphone way back in March 2013. At that time, the launch was vaguely pencilled in for August/September 2013, but obviously it failed to materialise. Same again at Mobile World Congress in February this year.
Fast-forward to June 2014, and we can finally confirm that Samsung Z specs include a 4.8in Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720), quad-core 2.3GHz processor (possibly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800), and version 2.2.1 of Tizen.
Further Samsung Z specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD support, 8MP/2.1MP cameras, LTE-A compatibility, NFC (Near Field Communication), and a 2,600mAh battery.
The Samsung Z also borrows the fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor and Ultra Power Saving Mode from the spanking new Samsung Galaxy S5.
As for Tizen, Samsung says it offers “improved memory management” and “faster startup time”. Presumably that’s in comparison to Android. One thing Tizen won’t be able to offer, obviously, is hundreds of thousands of apps; that’s a potential sticking point for any new platform.
Coming in black and gold, don’t expect the Samsung Z to land in the west any time soon. Samsung is seemingly well aware that there's little reason for us westerners to suddenly adopt an unproven, non-Android/iOS platform. Just look at Windows Phone, badum tsh!