News by Luke Jones on Monday December 01, 2014.
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We told you back in September that Samsung's first Tizen powered smartphone would be landing in November, but it now seems that the handset will arrive this month instead. Samsung has taken its time getting its operating system to market, with plenty of false dawns through the year, but now the first device will be coming.The handset will be called the Samsung Galaxy Z130H and it will land during December, with the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper says that the Samsung Z1 set to be launched on December 10th at a press conference. The device will not be a flagship flyer and will instead be a device that costs under $100 and will debut in India. The handset will also be moderately spec'd to match its humble price tag. The Samsung Z1 will have a small 4-inch 480p screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Spreadtrum processor with 512MB of RAM, dual-SIM, a 3.2 megapixel rear camera, and 3G connectivity. As I said, pretty entry level stuff, but it will put Samsung's Tizen on the map in India where $100 smartphones are common and popular.
Well, I say the first ever device, but of course we have previously seen the ultimately doomed Galaxy Z handset. Samsung launched that device earlier in the year, a Tizen powered mid to high range smartphone that looked decent and had strong specs. However, Samsung strangely killed the device before it ever rolled out, citing a lack of demand for high end Tizen smartphones. The company said it would instead focus on affordable examples as it tries to build the ecosystem. "We started late, but we are very focused. We are not shooting in the wild. This is a game that has to be led by the device manufacturer and not the pipe (telecom operators)," said Tarun Malik, Samsung's director of media solutions center, South West Asia. I have stated in the past that Samsung will eventually pull away from Google and Android, especially if Tizen emerges as an OS in its own right. There have been tension between Google and Samsung this year and Tizen will only broaden the growing divide between the companies.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.