Samsung Releases the Tizen Powered Z1

After years of development, countless announcements and several cancellations, the first Tizen phone from Samsung is finally here. The suspiciously-named Z1 lies at the bucket-end of the smartphone chain, costing just around $90 and is already available.

The design of the Z1 is nothing spectacular. Same as what you’d expect from a lower-ender, it is sturdy, made-to-last and vague. The display measures 4″ with 800 x 480 WVGA resolution. Underneath breathes a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor with Spreadtrum chipset, 768 MB RAM and 4 GB storage, expandable by up to 64 GB.

At the back lies a 3.1 mp camera with LED Flash, coupled with a VGA shooter upfront. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB, 3G and optional dual-SIM.

The OS running on the phone is Tizen v2.3 which includes the Ultra Power Saving Mode we’ve seen on higher-end Samsung phones already. Costing around $90, the Z1 is available in Black, White and Wine Red.

Not only this, the company has also promised a lot more devices including smartwatches, televisions and cameras. Watch this space.


  • CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • Chipset: Spreadtrum SC7727S
  • OS: Tizen OS, v2.3
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 120.4 x 63.2 x 9.7 mm
    • Weight: 112 g
  • Display:
    • PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • 4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 768 MB RAM
    • Internal: 4 GB
    • Card slot: microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, LED flash
    • Secondary: VGA
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,  A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.1,
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
  • Price/Release Date: Available, $90