Samsung Z1 Tizen OS Smartphone Finally Arrives; India Now Has It

January 14, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After being heaped with piles of rumors and stories that even put an apprehension over its release, it’s finally here.

Tizen OS, Samsung’s take on Android OS, has finally showed up in the markets and is in a hurry to start its run across the world.

On Wednesday, Samsung launched the Z1 smartphone in the Indian market. And it seems like Samsung doesn’t wish to make the eager ones wait anymore to lay their hands on the first ever Tizen running smartphone.

The Z1 smartphone will be available for you to pick up on the day launch itself (that’s today) for INR 5,700.

The Tizen journey has not been much different from that of a roller coaster ride. Samsung announced its investment on the new OS on partnership with Tizen Association years ago, with helping hands from Intel and Linux. It seemed like the initial measures were set on a rapid track as the first ever device got launched back in 2013, the Samsung NX300M camera. Hower, things didn’t quite go well on the right track for Samsung with their smartphone plans for Tizen.


Early plans were to launch the Tizen OS on a high-end model, which with the passage of time got converted into mid-range smartphones. In the mid-2014s, it was announced that Samsung would be entering the markets with the first ever smartphone on Tizen OS.  That just got delayed by a fortnight. But now with the launch being turned into a reality, the end product has taken the form of an entry level variant.

The Z1 smartphone arrives with a 4-inch screen display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. Running a 1.2GHz dual core processor in its heart, the device packs a RAM of 768 MB and offers internal storage space of 4GB, which is expandable up to 64 GB.

With a VGA camera on its front, the Z1 packs a 3.1 MP primary camera which can be said modest when considering its price range. The battery juice is offered by a 1500 mAh battery, which according to the manufacturers will be yielding a talk-time duration of up to 8 hours.

Z1 will be running the Tizen 2.3 OS and will be having take on the Android One platform, which has its devices set at a similar price range.

Nothing could be said of the OS performance at the time, but still it comes with its lightweight platform. That could mean efficiency can certainly be expected in certain elements as seen in the battery department.

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