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Samsung Z4 is official, arrives later this month

The new Samsung Z4. (Source: Samsung)
The new Samsung Z4. (Source: Samsung)
Featuring entry-level specs in a compact size, this new handset is meant for budget-conscious buyers in developing countries. The Z4 launches in India late May, at a yet-unknown price. Additional regions will receive the device soon after.

While a Galaxy S8 may be on everybody's wish list this spring, its high price unfortunately puts it out of reach for many Samsung fans, especially in developing countries. For them, the company has officially announced a much more accessible handset. The Samsung Z4 packs entry-level hardware and 4G connectivity at what is expected to be a very affordable price. The phone will launch in India first, followed by other regions, later this month.

The upcoming Tizen-based handset has a 4.5-inch screen with an 800x480 display resolution, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The handset sports two 5-megapixel cameras with LED flash. WiFi connectivity is supported, but only in the 2.4 GHz band. It is definitely no flagship, but it should get the job done.

According to Samsung, the Z4 provides "a simplified mobile experience for first time users" and represents the company's commitment to the Tizen operating system. While Tizen can be found in some smartwatches and connected appliances, when it comes to smartphones it is pretty much confined to Samsung's low-end Z line. One consequence of this is a smaller app store than on either Android or iOS—something to take into consideration before buying a Z4.

More details on the Z4 should be available from the Tizen Developer Conference next week, where Samsung has promised to showcase the device.


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John Garcia, 2017-05-12 (Update: 2017-05-12)