This is no Galaxy. Z, Samsung’s first ever Tizen-operated smartphone was unveiled this week, its first major break from Google Android OS, which helped build its mobile empire as world’s largest phone maker.
Samsung says the 4.8″ Z has a differentiated look and feel from its other mobiles, although really its not a major departure in terms of look from its Galaxy line.
It has a slightly differentiated home screen and application layout. Tizen’s apps are rounder and the phone itself has more angular edges.
Z is the first smartphone powered by the Tizen platform, which the Koreans have been working on for some time.
It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor.
Samsung says Z has a faster startup and immediate multi-tasking, 2D and 3D graphics, smoother scrolling and improved rendering for web browsing, built-in fingerprint sensor, Ultra Power Saving Mode for better battery life and S Health apps, similar to the new S5. However, the camera isn’t as good as the latest Galaxy – at 8mp at the front.
“Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs,” said DJ Lee, Samsung Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Mobile.
“The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively.”
Samsung Z will be available in Q3 in Russia and is planned for other markets.
Apps can be acquired via Tizen Store.
To push the first Tizen device and to encourage more developers to jump on board the new platform, the Tizen Store will provide a special promotional program to all developers for the first year.
Samsung plans to host a Tizen local app challenge in Russia and CIS countries to enrich the Tizen eco-system at the launch of the device. The Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3rd.