It took much longer than expected, but now it finally happened: Samsung has released its first Tizen Phone to the real world. Indias price-conscious customers now have an additional choice: The Z1 is relatively cheap by concept, for basic needs. Its hardware is similar to Samsungs Mid-Range Android Phones, but the price is significantly lower.
A 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor is paired with 768 MB RAM and a 4 inch WVGA PLS screen, which means 800×480 Pixels.
For communicaton the Phone supports 3G mobile networks, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.1 and USB 2.0. 4 GB Internal memory can be extended via microSD cards up to 64GB. The 3.1 Megapixel Camera is one of the areas where Samsung obviously had to make cuts to keep the price low.
The Z1’s measurements of 120.4 x 63.2 x 9.7 mm make it a very compact phone, and even better it weighs only 112 Grams. Samsung promises that the 1500 mAh Battery will last long enough and in case it goes low the phone can enter a “Ultra Power Saving Mode”.
The Operating System will be Tizen Version 2.3 which will be accompanied by a free entertainment package called “Joy Box”, giving users access to music, TV shows and movies. In addition, the Samsung Z1 will offer free access to premium content available on Club Samsung, which means streaming and downloading more than 270.000 songs, and 80 live TV channels.
The phones built-in AntiVirus protection automatically checks for viruses when users install Apps, check email or receive Test-Messages. If something malicious is detected, AntiVirus notifies users and allows them to delete the message without opening it. For enhanced privacy, consumers can also use Samsung Z1’s private mode to create their own private space, where pictures and files can be saved.
The phone will be sold for only 5700 Indian rupees, which is about 90 US-Dollars.