Samsung unveils its new Z1, first ever Tizen smartphone


Strengthening its ground in Indian smartphone market, today Samsung launches its low-budget Z1 running on Tizen at a price tag of Rs. 5,700. Tizen is a Linux based OS, which was previously seen in its smartwatch Samsung Gear S. Moreover, the Samsung Group says in CES 2015 that smart television series this year will be running on Tizen OS.

Tizen was initially conceptualized by Tizen community in 2012 as an on-going project under the Tizen Association, within the Linux Foundation. It is an Open-Source project targeting towards mobile operators and manufacturers, which can also be used in automobile systems and televisions.

According to our analysts, the Tizen OS will have to face a great competition with the mobile king Android, which covers more than 50 percent of the smartphone world. As, Samsung’s previous Bada OS did not live up to the company’s expectations and eventually was discontinued.

The Tizen OS is featured with Andriod looking icons and a swipe down notification panel. It also boasts a Favourites app feature that holds eight most running apps in two rows. There is a Tizen app store provided by the developers, however most common apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Google aren’t available. But thanks to integrated Android app support, the smartphone runs these apps flawlessly. Samsung Group hasn’t announced any future updates regarding other app stores to the OS.

The entry-level range Samsung Z1 boasts 1.2 GHz dual-core processor coupled with 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage expandable up to 32 GB of microSD card. The device is featured with a 4-inch WVGA PLS screen and a 3.1 megapixel camera and a VGA front camera for video calling not for selfies. However, the 3.1 mega-pixel camera may disappoint many users as the phone does not capture sharpest images under sufficient light. The dual-SIM phone covers almost all the connectivity options like 3G, Bluetooth and Wifi.

As per TeCake smartphone reviewers, the device is fueled with 1500 mAh battery that offers 8 hours of talk-time and 7 hours of video playback. Moreover, the smartphone boasts Ultra Power Saving Mode, which offers a whole day battery backup to the consumers with minimal running processes.

As far as processor is concerned, on paper it seems a low configurated mobile phone but according to our usage, it run apps fairly smooth. There was no lag in opening apps like say Facebook, WhatsApp, or even browsing the web.

Z1 looks quite similar to Galaxy Ace or Galaxy Star series phones. There is nothing radically changed in Samsung’s design as it has metallic-finish on the side that doesn’t look so different from any other droidphone or that has been offered by Samsung in the past. Moreover, it doesn’t seem that the design will help the company in marketing the device.

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