Bizarrely, it’s also tipped to become one of the world’s first Tizen smartphones, debuting at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. Zuh?
The Tizen story is a strange one. The operating system, a joint venture of sorts by Samsung and Intel, absorbed Samsung’s bada OS, which outperformed Windows Phone but was ultimately short-lived.
First announced in September 2011, the rumour mill has since churned out a variety of wild theories concerning the OS. Some reckon Samsung will eventually ditch Android in favour of Tizen, while others suggest it’s DOA.
Back in March 2013, Samsung’s Lee Young Hee promised a high-end Tizen smartphone for August/September, but there’s still no sign of it four months on.
The latest Tizen rumour suggests the aforementioned ZTE Geek will arrive at MWC 2014 next month, rocking Tizen, and with specs including a dual-core Intel Atom processor, 5in HD display, and 1GB of RAM.
As for Samsung, well, ITNews reported in December that a Tizen event is scheduled for February 23, the day before MWC gets underway proper.
It’s all very confusing, and it’ll take something seriously special at this stage to convince us that Tizen will be anything other than another also-ran mobile OS.