Ah, Tizen, we’ve been waiting for you. Samsung’s homegrown alternative to Android has finally made its debut, and it’s installed on the Samsung Z, making the new device the world’s first Tizen smartphone. Announced early in the week, the phone isn’t quite as high-end as expected, but it’s still an interesting device.
The Samsung Z has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution listed as HD, which is later revealed in the spec list to be 720p, and not 1080p. The information about the processor is vague, with it only being described as a 2.3GHz quad-core chip, but with no clarification on who made it.
Tizen is a co-project between Samsung and Intel, so there’s a chance the processor is one of Intel’s own. Alternatively, Samsung could have fitted an Exynos chip. We do know the Samsung Z has an 8 megapixel camera on the rear, a 2.1 megapixel camera above the screen, and a total of 16GB internal memory. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the rear.
While the phone’s spec doesn’t really stand out, the Tizen OS will separate the Samsung Z from the rest. It’s version 2.2.1 installed, and although it’s similar to Android in its style, it works quite differently, particularly in the way it deals with apps, notifications, and widgets.
Style-wise, the Samsung Z has a fake leather rear panel, but doesn’t resemble Samsung’s Galaxy range. Samsung has announced it’ll release the Z in Russia, and will be adding other countries to the list in the future, but there’s no confirmation whether the UK will be included.