But whatever happened to the Z2?
Stop us if you think you’ve heard this type of news before. Despite general consensus among the vast majority of device manufacturers, component producers, mobile carriers and end users, the Tizen project refuses to die.
Better yet, Samsung stubbornly and desperately clings on to it as perhaps the company’s best bet of prospectively reducing Android reliance. What’s different this time around is, regardless of Intel, Huawei, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, Sprint or Vodafone’s reluctance, the Z1 launched in a handful of emerging Asian markets.
And according to Reuters, the world’s troubled first Tizen phone somehow pulled off 1 million unit sales already in India alone, also emerging as the number one mobile blockbuster in Bangladesh between January and March.
No wonder “several” sequels and spin-offs are therefore cooked up, at “varying prices” and likely targeting more than one industry segment. Oddly, the Samsung Z2 was reportedly canceled, with a Z3 instead headed to store shelves by the year’s end.
This “budget” soldier is “confirmed” by Sam Mobile based on word from “insiders”, but its specific release date and precise list of features remain mostly up in the air. Recent speculation pegged the Z3 as a sizable upgrade over its far too humble predecessor. Nearly worthy of the two-digit name leap.
Of course, you shouldn’t expect Galaxy S6-matching hardware, given Tizen OS 3.0, like 2.3, requires much less power than Android to run buttery smooth. A quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chip would do the job more than adequately, coupled with 1 GB RAM and backed by a 2,000 mAh or so battery.
Meanwhile, screen size will probably surge from 4 to 5 inches, hopefully with 720p resolution, and a 5 MP flash rear cam, plus 2 MP front shooter should handle your general photography and selfie needs. Could a mid-range ensemble of that nature appeal to Western audiences in addition to Asian smartphone shoppers? Let us know what you think down below.