Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Z, a quad-core Tizen OS smartphone with super AMOLED touch screen.
What’s something new with this release is the Tizen OS, the Tizen operating system is based on the Linux kernel. The Linux kernel, and subsequently the Tizen operating system, are available for programmers to access and use for free to develop their own applications and other software. Samsung has previously launched smart watches, smart tellies and car dashboard systems that use Tizen.
The Samsung Z has a 4.8 inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED touchscreen and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. The chipset is unnamed, but is rumored to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon part.
Combo shooter are 8MP rear and 2.1 MP front-facing camera, there is a heart-rate and fingerprint sensors, huge 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a slot for microSDs of up to 64GB, Bluetooth Smart, and a 2,600mAh battery.
Samsung Z supports 4G/LTE, and measures 138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5mm (5.44 x 2.75 x 0.33in), and weighs 136g (4.80oz). Like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) there is an extreme battery saving mode. Samsung says the Z device will come in black and gold colors.
“The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively,” claimed DJ Lee, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics.
According to Samsung, Tizen delivers “a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management” along with “a faster start up time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities.” Although it won’t have access to Android’s vast ecosystem of apps, it will have its own store.
With the expansion of Tizen OS in the smartphone arena, Samsung is testing the waters again and the system’s ultimate success will depend on consumer response, if it’s positive, the company may likely focus its innovation on Tizen and then make their high-end devices Tizen-powered, though it won’t abandon the Android ecosystem, the green robot will then fall on low-end and low-margin Samsung devices.