It might sound a bit like an Android phone and look like one, but this is in fact a new Tizen-based smartphone from Samsung.
It’s the first Tizen smartphone we’ve seen after Samsung worked on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch which used the same OS. We’ve already got a full Galaxy Gear review online of you’re interested in knowing a little more on the OS itself.
The phone here has a pretty potent 2.3GHz quad core CPU and a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720) screen. Running the Tizen 2.2.1 OS, there’s also an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2.1 megapixel front shooter. All the usual sensors are on board, plus you’ll get GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi and there’s a fingerprint sensor / heartbeat monitor too.
Owners will have 2GB of memory to play with and 16GB storage with a microSD slot for up to 64GB.
You’ll be able to grab one in Q3 provided you’re in Russia, but there’s plans to expand into other markets.
SAMSUNG LAUNCHES INDUSTRY’S FIRST TIZEN SMARTPHONE – THE SAMSUNG Z
Samsung Z offers a unique experience with advanced web performance and usability
2 June, 2014, London, UK – Samsung Electronics today introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform. The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3rd.
Built with unparalleled quality and the cutting-edge technology of Samsung’s latest premium smartphone, the Samsung Z is optimised with a Tizen platform that offers fast and powerful software performance. Complete with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor, the Samsung Z is the perfect choice for people who want a unique user-experience in an efficient and light-weight smartphone.
“Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs,” said DJ Lee, President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing Office, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enablingusers to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively.”
Quick and Efficient
The Tizen platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management. The Tizen-based Samsung Z offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities. The Samsung Z fully supports 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing. Customers will also be able to enjoy safe and secure privacy protection using the built-in fingerprint sensor.
An Ultra Power Saving Mode lets the phone stay operational even at minimal battery levels in emergencies.
Tailored For Smarter Living
The Samsung Z features a distinctive home and application layout, for easy access to your favourite features and apps. Using Dynamic Box and Colour Theme settings, you can tailor your device to what suits you best.
The external design of the Samsung Z also offers a completely new look. The device features a slim, angular design with sophisticated lines, providing a unique look and feel while maintaining Samsung’s overall design identity. The Samsung Z will be available in two refined colours: Black and Gold.
The Samsung Z will be available in Q3 in Russia and is planned to expand to other markets. People will be offered access to additional applications through the Tizen Store at the launch of the Samsung Z. In order to celebrate the launch the world’s first Tizen smartphone and to encourage more developers to join, the Tizen Store will provide a special promotional programme to all developers for one year. Furthermore, Samsung plans to host a Tizen local app challenge in Russia and CIS countries at the launch of the device.
For more information on the device, please visit www.SamsungMobilePress.com.
Samsung Z Product Specifications
|LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)|
|4.8” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)|
|2.3GHz Quad core application processor|
|8MP(rear), 2.1MP (front)|
|Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8|
Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV
|Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC|
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
|Mini mode, Quick Shot, Best Photo, Drama, Panorama, Dual Camera|
|Ultra Power Saving Mode|
|S Health 3.0|
|Color theme customisation|
|WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n HT40, MIMO(2×2)|
GPS / GLONAS
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE
USB: USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote
|Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light,|
Fingerptint Scanner, Heart rate sensor
Internal Memory: 16GB, microSD slot up to 64GB
|138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5mm, 136g|
＊ All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
About Tizen Developer Conference 2014
The Tizen Developer Conference is an annual event hosted and produced by the Tizen Technical Steering Group. The conference brings together thousands of developers from around the world to learn about the latest commercial devices, device profiles, platform updates and ecosystem milestones. The 2014 event will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from June 2–4. Interested developers, media and other Tizen stakeholders can register here. www,tizen.org.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US＄216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.