For a while now, we have heard that Samsung is planning on launching a Tizen-based smartphone in the form of the Samsung Z1. This would make it one of the few phones made by Samsung in the recent years that does not run on the Android operating system, and is also said to be one of the ways for Samsung to reduce their reliance on Google.
Well for those who have been patiently waiting to see what Samsung could bring to the table, you’re in luck as Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Z1 Tizen smartphone. The handset has been officially launched in the Indian market and there is no word from Samsung on whether the handset will be released stateside or in other parts of the world yet.
However in the meantime, here’s what you can expect from Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone. The Samsung Z1 will feature a 4-inch WVGA display and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood. It will also be accompanied by 768MB of RAM, a 1,500mAh battery, 4GB of storage that can be expanded via microSD, and will be priced at 5,7000 Indian rupees which is roughly $90.
It’s definitely not the most impressive phone we’ve seen from Samsung or any other OEM, but given that the phone was launched in India, chances are Samsung is hoping to capture the emerging market and give them an alternative to the Android platform. In any case we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more information regarding a possible stateside launch, so do check back with us in the future for more details.