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Samsung finally launches Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone

Samsung Z1 Tizen smartphone with dual core processor, PLS screen, 3 MP main camera
Samsung Z1
The first smartphone powered by Samsung's own Tizen OS finally launches in India after multiple delays, packing a 4-inch PLS screen, dual-core processor, 768 MB of memory, 4 GB internal storage and microSD support, all for under $100 USD.

Previously known just as Samsung Z, the first Tizen-powered smartphone is finally official after facing multiple delays. Samsung Z1 hits the Indian market today and "offers exclusive benefits for localized entertainment apps and a simple user interface that makes mobility easier and more enjoyable, even for the first-time smartphone users."

Samsung Z1 comes with low-end specs but also has a price to match. These are its highlights:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core (brand and model not specified)
  • Memory/Storage: 768 MB RAM; 4 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 64 GB
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA PLS touchscreen
  • Cameras: 0.3 MP front, 3.1 MP back with auto face detection, dream shot
  • Connectivity: 3G dual SIM, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB 2.0
  • Operating system: Tizen 2.3
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.25 pounds; 4.74X2.49X0.38 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: 1500 mAh; up to 7 hours video playback and 8 hours talk time

"We have customized the Samsung Z1 to meet these unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers for a personal and reliable mobile experience," says Hyun Chil Hong, President and CEO, Samsung India Electronics. The handset offers free access to premium content on Club Samsung - over 80 live TV channels and more than 270,000 songs ready for download. The company will also launch a free package called "Joy Box" to provide access to additional multimedia content.

Samsung Z1 retails for roughly $80 USD and can only be found in India for now. The colors available being white, black, and wine red. For more details, please check the press release below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-01-14 (Update: 2015-01-14)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.