After much speculation, the curtains have finally been lifted on Samsung’s first Tizen-powered smartphone, Samsung Z1. The Korean giant has launched Samsung Z1, running its own homemade Tizen OS, in India. This is an entry level dual-SIM phone costing INR 5,700 (about $92) and is available in three colors- Black, White and Wine Red.
Samsung said in its press release:
“The smartphone market in India is rapidly evolving, with many consumers using their device as their screen of choice for content including videos, television programs and video games, as well as a range of apps. We have customized the Samsung Z1 to meet these unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers for a personal and reliable mobile experience.“
Samsung Z1 features a 4-inch 480 x 800 WVGA PLS screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory (expandable up to 64 GB via microSD), a 3.1 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front camera. The handset has a 1,500mAh battery with ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’and runs Tizen 2.3. Samsung is offering a free entertainment package called the ‘Joy Box’ that will allow users to stream and download entertainment content including TV shows, Movies and Music.
According to Samsung, the lightweight Tizen platform on the Z1 helps in faster booting and quick access to apps, giving a seamless and smooth user experience. Samsung Z1 also comes with a built-in Antivirus protection.