The Z1 will be the first Tizen phone that consumers can actually buy.
It’s official: Samsung’s in-house mobile operating system is now on a smartphone that people can actually purchase. The Samsung Z1 was made official in India today; the phone will be available in the Indian market from today with a price tag of Rs. 5,700 (roughly $90) in white, black and wine red colors, along with a slew of exclusive content that is targeted at Indian consumers.
The Z1 will be bundled with 500MB of free 3G data from carriers Reliance and Aircel, and will offer free access to premium content like Bollywood music, movies, and TV shows. According to Samsung, Tizen is a lightweight platform that offers quick access to apps, enhanced web performance and fast boot times, though given how bogged down the company’s Android software tends to be, it remains to be seen just how good Tizen performs in real life, especially on a handset with decidedly low-end specs.
These specs include a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a 1.2GHz dual-processor, 768MB of RAM, a 3.1-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, dual SIM slots, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, and a 1,500mAh battery. Tizen is the star of the show here, and the phone comes with features like emergency message broadcast, auto scanning for viruses when installing apps, and Ultra Power Saving Mode.
At $90, the Samsung Z1 isn’t the most feature-packed smartphone out there, and with new devices like the Lumia 435 (which was announced today) and Google’s Android One phones providing better hardware at similar prices, Samsung will have a tough time telling consumers why they should opt for the Z1. There’s also the fact that the Z1 is part of a new and unproven ecosystem, so it will be interesting to see how things play out for Samsung’s first truly official Tizen phone.