It's about time. After many delays, Samsung has finally launched its first Tizen-powered handset. The Z1 smartphone will go on sale in India starting Wednesday for about $92.
Obviously, the Samsung Z1 is not meant to compete directly against the iPhone or Samsung's own Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lineup of phones. But with a budget price, it should be a nice option for people looking to buy an inexpensive smartphone.
As expected for a low-priced handset, the Samsung Z1 does not have the most eye-popping specifications. It has a 4-inch display screen with an 800 by 480 resolution. Its 3.1-megapixel camera on the rear side is serviceable but not really mind-blowing.
With regards to hardware specs, the Samsung Z1 sports a 1.2 GigaHertz dual-core processor, that is supported nicely with 768 megabytes of random access memory (RAM). Also, because the device is a 3G phone, it will not work on LTE networks. But it does have Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
The Samsung Z1 is sold in India with bundled content. Tizen may not be as well-known an operating system as Android or iOS, but several mobile apps are actually already available on this platform.
In the case of Samsung Z1's India launch, the device will be bundled with Joy Box, which contains various entertainment apps and services. For instance, it comes with free 3-month subscriptions to services that stream Bollywood films and songs.
Interestingly, recent developments suggest that Tizen may not be on smartphones in the long run. Indeed, it is already the operating system for Samsung's Smart TV devices and some of the South Korean company's wearable devices, which means that Tizen may be best suited for other devices other than just smartphones. It would not be a surprise if sometime in the future, Tizen is more seen on washing machines and vacuum cleaners than on mobile handsets.
As for the Z1 handset, Samsung is clearly positioning it as a budget-friendly smartphone offering. The device is actually less expensive than Xiaomi's entry-level Redmi phones, which only cost around $150 and are also very popular in the Indian market. Xiaomi sold 1 million units of their Redmi phones during its first five months of operations in India. With an even more price-accessible in the Z1 smartphone, Samsung is looking to achieve a similar feat, or at the very least, introduce something in the market that should bite off some its competitors' market share. To learn more about other Samsung devices, you can explore phones and plans here.
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