Meet the Samsung Z: the first Tizen smartphone

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It looks like our rambling predictions are coming true. While the world was staring intently at Computex, Samsung launched their very first commercially available Tizen phone in a San Francisco conference.

Meet the Samsung Z.

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This phone, running on the Tizen platform instead of Android, boasts a 720p 4.8-inch screen, a quad-core CPU running at 2.3 Ghz, 2GB of RAM, a 2600 mAH battery, 16 GB of internal storage, an 8MP back camera, heart rate and fingerprint sensors, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. And yes, it supports microSD. Basically, “the camera and display of the S3, the processor from the Note 3 and the battery, fingerprint, and heart rate monitor from the S5” and one write put it. Voila. Samsung Z.

It’s surprisingly good-looking for such a Frankensteinian mix. The phone, which will hit Russia first before making its way to the rest of the world (we have no idea why) will come out in Black and Gold, complete with a somewhat Lumia-ish front and the faux leather backing we loved in the Note 3. The dimensions come to 5.45 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches: it weighs 0.299 pounds.

It’s an interesting device. For one, it marks Samsung’s second huge step into the smartphone OS game since Android rolled out – their first was the iconic Wave, which shipped with Bada OS. That failed. Tizen seems to have incorporated the lessons Samsung learned along the way.

“The Tizen platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management,” says the PR release. “The Tizen-based Samsung Z offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities. The Samsung Z fully supports superb 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing. Users will also be able to enjoy safe and secure privacy protection using the built-in fingerprint sensor.”

 

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