Samsung launches first Tizen smartphone, Samsung Z

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Well that day we’ve waited for is finally here. After several years of endless leaks, official teasers and availing other devices like cameras, Tizen is finally available on a phone consumers can lay their hands on (at a yet to be announced date and price) and not a mere prototype that a few select reviewers can access.

Building upon the faux leather back of the Galaxy Note 3 and the sleek lightweight TouchWiz UI on the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s long dalliance with the device seems to have been worth the wait: it’s quite a looker. As you will attest after seeing the image below, the design of the SM-Z910F is nothing short of stunning and, well, beautiful.

Previous leaks of prototype devices running earlier versions of Tizen had prepared us for the rounded corners that have been characteristic of the OS from an early date and so it came as no surprise that Samsung went overboard with circle icons in its reworked Android UI. It is the same thing that Tizen brings to the table as per the officially provided press shots of the Samsung Z running it.

Features of the device include what we have already seen on Samsung devices running Android like S Health and newer ones that first saw the light of day on the Galaxy S5 like Download Booster and the Ultra Power Saving Mode and the add-on features to the camera’s software like dual camera and of course that fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor.

Here are specs of the device:

  • Size & weight: 138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5mm, 136g
  • Display: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Quad-core chip
  • Memory: 16 GB internal storage (expandable via microSD upto 64 GB)/2 GB RAM
  • Camera: 8MP(rear), 2.1MP (front)
  • OS: Tizen 2.2.1
  • Battery: 2600 mAh
  • Network: LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
  • Connectivity: WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n HT40, MIMO(2×2), GPS / GLONAS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote
  • Others: Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.0

The device will be showcased at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco that starts on June 3rd.

As earlier stated, we don’t have a date for when the device will be available or the pricing but we know that Russia is the only country scheduled to get the device in Q3 at the moment. That list will likely grow with time and Samsung being Samsung, we may see other Tizen devices follow the Z to other markets soon.

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