Samsung’s £60 Tizen-fuelled Z1 is finally a reality

Samsung’s £60 Tizen-fuelled Z1 is finally a realityWhat a journey Samsung has had bringing its first Tizen phone to market. YEARS after the Tizen OS was first announced, the Samsung Z was launched, delayed and then seemingly scrapped altogether.

The low-end Samsung Z1 was similarly delayed, mysteriously failing to meet its mid-December launch window, but it’s finally a reality, and it’s on sale now in India! About bloody time.

There was a time Tizen was tipped to thoroughly disrupt the smartphone market, perhaps driving a wedge between Samsung - the golden child of Android - and Google.

But nope, it seems like Tizen will focus on entry-level markets like India, and since Google already has Android One, we don’t imagine big G will be all that bothered.

Having said that, the Samsung Z1 – modest specs aside – actually sounds alright, firstly because it costs a mere 5,700 Indian Rupees (roughly £60), and secondly since Tizen is reportedly very “light” – that’s the term used over on Samsung Tomorrow.

Samsung Z1 specs include a 4in WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB expandable storage, Tizen 2.3, and a 1,500mAh battery. Samsung’s familiar Ultra Power Saving Mode makes an appearance, too, promising to squeeze several hours out of those last few percentiles of battery.

Interestingly, in partnership with Reliance Communications & Aircel, Samsung Z1 users will get 500MB of 3G data free for the first six months. No arguments here.

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