Samsung is one of those manufacturers that have a habit of releasing multiple variants of their flagship smartphones. Apart from the initial flagship Samsung has already released two variants with another expected to hit shelves next month. We’re now hearing rumors about a Galaxy S5 model that’s not powered by Android, instead it would be powered by the company’s homegrown Tizen OS.

The company’s much awaited Tizen powered smartphone was unveiled earlier this month. Samsung Z has a 4.8-inch 720p HD AMOLED display with a 2.3GHz quadcore processor and 2GB of RAM. Its design isn’t similar to Samsung’s flagship lineup and really isn’t that impressive to be honest.

So it would make sense for the company to come up with a Tizen smartphone that scores good marks on design. Samsung Galaxy S5 has received much praise for its design even though the company still fashions it out of plastic as opposed to metal that everybody seems so interested in.

Import tracking website Zauba lists three units of “Samsung Galaxy S5 Tizen Test Phone” that have been shipped to India for testing purposes. This particular source has revealed details in the past as well about test devices that were sent down to India so its track record isn’t unreliable.

That said, it is not known for sure right now if and when Samsung plans on releasing the Tizen OS powered varaint of the Galaxy S5. It may only be used as a test platform for things to come in the future, or it may ultimately hit shelves at some point this year. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information.

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