Samsung Launches Its First Tizen-Powered Telephone, The Z1, In India For $ninety two
After loads of hypothesis and aborted launches final yr, Samsung has lastly outed its first telephone powered by the Tizen working system. The Samsung Z1 is coming to India initially, the place it’s in the stores for five,seven hundred INR — that’s round $ninety two — from as we speak.
The Z1 is an reasonably priced system, each in worth and specs. It packs a 4-inch WVGA PLS display, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz twin-core processor and 768 MB RAM. There’s a three.1-megapixel digital camera on the rear, and a restricted VGA digital camera on the entrance.
The telephone runs model 2.three of the Tizen working system, and comes with 4GB of on-gadget storage which might be expanded by as much as 64GB by way of a micro SD card. It helps twin SIMs, as is commonplace with units in India.
Samsung is putting lots of give attention to content material with this launch. Hyun Chil Hong, President and CEO of Samsung in India, stated the system has been constructed to “meet [the] distinctive, leisure-targeted wants of native Indian shoppers,” which refers to its ‘Pleasure Field’ service which supplies free entry to music, TV and movies. The Z1 also can faucet into premium content material from the Membership Samsung service with out value.
There are additionally offers with third-events: Hungama.com will present free entry to its two million music tracks for 3 months, whereas Z1 clients can entry film content material from nextGTv and Bot TV for an preliminary three month interval, after which they might want to pay for a subscription.
Lastly, a joint promotion with operator Airtel provides consumers of the Z1 500MB of 3G knowledge at no cost for an preliminary six months.
Tizen has lengthy been touted as Samsung’s try and hedge its reliance on Google and Android, though this primary incarnation of the working system won’t compete with its excessive-finish units in any means. As an alternative it seems complementary to its mid-vary units — that now consists of the Galaxy A7, which launched this week — and it could possibly be common in rising markets.
The Z1 is cheaper than Xiaomi’s entry-degree Redmi telephones — which retail for round $one hundred fifty, and have been notably fashionable in India, the place the Chinese language agency bought 1 million units in its first 5 months of enterprise.
That stated, the Z1 will compete with a variety of different Android-based mostly telephones. It stays to be seen whether or not a scarcity of suitable apps and providers on the nascent Tizen platform, coupled with the Z1’s modest specs, will maintain it again.
Samsung already pledged to place Tizen on its new sensible TVs this yr. Now that it has its first Tizen smartphone will probably be fascinating to see what different telephones are launched, and the place else the Z1 is bought past India.