News by Luke Jones on Monday December 22, 2014.
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Samsung's first ever Tizen based smartphone has been in the pipeline for some time, starting as a high end device that was cancelled and then a lower end handset. That budget option has been close to launch a number of times and has been delayed, this month being the latest setback. However, Korea Economic Daily is now offering a new date for the Galaxy Z1 (SM-Z130H), with the device not pencilled in for January 18, 2015.It will be launched in India as was meant to happen this month and it will be an entry level smartphone at $90. The handset will be available through Samsung's official website in the country and through its retail partners within India.
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.
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