Samsung Announces Z, its First Tizen Phone

Samsung Tizen

It marks the first step that Samsung is taking away from Android for a flagship phone. The new Samsung Z runs on Tizen, the OS which has risen from Meego’s ashes and borrows several features from the Galaxy S5’s book.

It’s faster too. Tizen is optimized and most-probably less-skinned, something not usual in Samsung’s case. Specs point towards the high-end market too.

At the front sits a 4.8″ display with HD 720p resolution. Not a 1080p panel but will facilitate in performance. Under the hood, you’ll get a 2.3Ghz quad-core processor, 2 GB worth RAM and 16 GB internal storage, expandable by 64 GB via microSD.

At the back is the 8 megapixel camera with Flash. Also home are a 2.1 mp front-shooter, NFC, IR Blaster, LTE and a 2,600 mAh battery. Also something we think we’ve seen before.

Samsung Z

With the addition of the heart-rate sensor at the back, the fingerprint sensor built-in directly into the home button as well as a power-saving mode make this phone sit rather a bit too close for the Galaxy S5 to be comfortable. No other Samsung phone has such capabilities packed in, you see. Design is unmistakably Samsung but actually looks better.

Which is interesting because as rumours have been indicating consistently, this may look like a possible move away from Android. We can only speculate at best at this time of the life-cycle.

Apps are certainly an issue but Samsung is doing its best to put as many HTML-5 based versions of popular websites as possible. Yandex, also called Russia’s Google will replace many of the services found on Galaxy phones by the ones made by itself.

Pricing details are not disclosed but the phone will hit Russia, and possibly other markets too, in Q3.


  • Tabish Siddiqui

    I doubt if they can sustain without android.

  • Amir

    I think they should stick to Android and add distinguishing features to their phones.

    • Android is not exclusively associated with Samsung, Now they own TIZEN OS, which is only developed for Samsung. And this will obviously beat Android, because TIZEN owner is investing too much to raise it’s reputation.

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    first phone and wo bhi high end specifications.
    I think they have extra money to waste. Never saw introducing something first time with that kind of specifications.

    • Shaykh ul Islam Tahir ul Qadri

      they have not launched a phone they are launching a new OS “Tizen” to make it successful they need attractive specifications.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        same baat hui na Qadri g, btw its not new OS it’s old but samsung adopting this first time.
        attractive specifications is different from hi-tech.
        Galaxy s3 is still attractive and i’m using it ;)

        • Who else is running Tizen ?

          • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

            currently no one, samsung launched this by the end of the year. the other one is Fujitsu and NEC, they launch series of smartphones based on Tizen this year also.
            tizen tested on many smartphones before but not commercially launched.

            • That’s the point, no one launched phone with Tizen OS commercially.

              • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

                including samsung.
                but users experience tizen in russia if you know ..some of their local phones have this.
                huawei also start launching this os this year

        • It’s a new one

  • Bilal Aahil

    i like this turn samsung is taking.. i don’t expect this new “thingy” to kick out android but it can work.. it depends how well Samsung maintain this new line of mobiles they are going to start

  • Royale

    From design Samy bought/copied too much from Sony Xperia Series And LG Optimus..
    Samsung should get ready for another lawsuit…! lol!