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Shisutena unveils the first Tizen OS tablet

The 10-inch tablet offers decent features and an interesting new alternative to Android

Breaking into the tablet OS market is no easy feat. Apple and Android clearly dominate the market with Windows 8 struggling to hold onto third place (not to mention the quickly failing Windows RT). Enter Tizen a Linux based operating system backed by both Samsung and Intel.

The Japanese company Shisutena is the first to jump on board and produce a tablet running the latest version of the new OS (Tizen 2.1). The new device has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display and runs on a quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a microSD slot, a 2 MP back-facing camera, and a 0.3 MP front-facing camera. Shisutena is banking on the fact that app development for Tizen is much simpler than for some other operating systems and therefore the OS should not suffer from a lack of third party content for too long.

Prices and release dates for the new tablet have not yet been announced, though the final product is expected to be shown off at the Smartphone and mobile EXPO in Japan on October 23rd.


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Craig Munro, 2013-06-24 (Update: 2013-06-24)