The world’s second (not third) Tizen smartphone may not be as modest as previously anticipated, though it will clearly fall short of high-end standards.
It’s still far from a serious menace for the Android-iOS duopoly, it’s not even a real threat for eternal bronze medalist Windows Phone, but Samsung’s proprietary mobile platform is slowly, steadily and very surprisingly rising.
With the ultra-low-end Z1 a smash hit in India and Bangladesh, it’s time the Tizen OS was tested on a bigger stage, against slightly more powerful Android soldiers. Enter the Samsung Z3, which apparently improves on its predecessor’s specifications so substantially, it justifies a two-step branding leap.
Basically the Windows 10 of Tizen devices, this is expected to trade the cringe worthy 4-inch 800 x 480 screen for a Super AMOLED with a 5-inch diagonal and 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. High-def content pushing won’t be Z3’s only selling point, as multitasking is reportedly taken care of by 1.5 GB RAM.
And since the “ecosystem” is nowhere near as memory-consuming as its well-established rivals, that should be plenty to match the smooth sailing of most Google-backed flagships. Of course, the 1.3 GHz quad-core Spreadtrum processor isn’t exactly high-end material, and neither is the 8 GB internal storage space.
Then again, the new chip doubles down on the old one’s core count, and you can now store twice as many apps, videos or photos. Speaking of, the two cameras are also considerably upgraded, from 3.15 megapixels and VGA to 8 and 5 MP respectively, according to Sam Mobile and their trusted tipsters.
At 140 grams, and dimensions of 141.5 x 70 x 9.5 mm, the Samsung Z3 doesn’t sound overly bulky or chunky, which is in part due to the middling 2,600 mAh battery. Finally, emerging Asian markets will get their beloved dual SIM capabilities when the 5 incher rolls out, i.e. sometime between… now and the end of September. The sooner, the better, obviously, given the heated low-cost competition.