Meet the first phone running Tizen OS — Samsung Z

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While Sony’s Xperia ‘Z’ is the flagship series of the Japanese company, in the case of Korean company Samsung, it’s the complete opposite. The Samsung Z is not only not the flagship phone, but also it doesn’t run on Android. Meet the first-ever smartphone to truly come out with Tizen operating system installed.

Tizen OS

Tizen operating system is the long-suspected Android killer that has been finally introduced with its own smartphone. The operating system is being developed by Samsung and Intel with support from over 36 other companies including Fujitsu, Huawei, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, etc. The open-source operating system is being developed to run not only on smartphones and tablets, but also on smart TVs, laptops, smart cameras as well as cars. Smartwatches running on Tizen operating system have already hit the market with Samsung’s Gear 2 smartwatch series, dropping the name “Galaxy”. Its original Galaxy Gear has also been updated with Tizen operating system ditching the Android that it was first released with.

The first Tizen OS phone borrows some key features from Galaxy S5 including Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Z

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After various delays, Samsung has announced the first smartphone to run on Tizen. Previously, other smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S2 were demonstrated to run Tizen, no smartphone has hit the market with Tizen operating system pre-installed. Basically Samsung Gear 2 are the first devices that were equipped with Tizen. Now with Samsung Z, the company shows its commitment to developing and pushing Tizen operating system into the market.

Now let’s see what the new phone has under the hood.

The Samsung Z is a 4.8-inch device with 720p resolution AMOLED display at pixel per inch of 306. It’ll give you a familiar screen experience if you owned the 2012 Samsung Galaxy S3. Under the hood, it packs a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor of still unknown manufacturer , 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB onboard storage and a microSD memory card slot allowing users to add another 64 GB of storage to the phone. The phone does have dual-camera and the camera on the back is 8MP, the front camera is 2.1 MP.

In terms of special features, Samsung Z has Bluetooth 4.0 ULE, USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote, and almost all the sensors including barometer and Hall sensor that smartphones today come with. If you’re still not convinced, let the list go on to include Heart rate sensor. And it doesn’t stop there. Samsung Z also has Fingerprint Scanner. Yes, these last two features have so far been exclusive to Samsung’s current flagship device, Samsung Galaxy S5. That shows us how serious Samsung is about making this smartphone mainstream in the market.

Other special features of Samsung Z are Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.0, and Color Theme Customization, all of which are available on Samsung Galaxy S5.

The smartphone running Tizen is supposed to hit the market in Russia first. Though it may seem odd at first, when you think about it, it makes sense. Samsung wants to drop the new product in Russian market to test how users react to it. Also, Russian users usually prefer homegrown products when it comes to cloud services (Yandex, anyone?). That market would possibly make the best market for Samsung to start selling a device that does not have Google ecosystem attached to it, which is a must-have for pretty much rest of the world.

Samsung says its Z will be available in Russia in Q3 this year. Until now, we have to assume that there really is no real competition between Android and Tizen, at least not in the smartphone market. What’s your take on this? Will Samsung pushing Tizen into the market make the OS a threat to Android?