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Tizen smartphones to hit the US later this year

Samsung Z1 Tizen smartphone should reach the US later this year
Samsung Z1
Samsung Z2 is expected in Europe, the US, as well as other countries by the end of 2015.

Samsung delayed the release of the first Tizen OS-powered smartphone for quite a few times, but they eventually launched it after all. Unfortunately, the low-cost Samsung Z1 is only available in a few countries for now, all of them emerging markets such as India or Bangladesh. Fortunately, it looks like the Z1's successors will hit the United States, Europe, as well as other areas "in the second half of this  year," if BusinessKorea is right.

The first Tizen smartphone has a price of roughly $93 USD, and its specs include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 768 MB RAM, 3.15 MP main camera, and a 4-inch PLS WVGA display with 800X480 pixels. The Samsung Z2 only promises to offer rather small improvements - 1 GB RAM, 32-bit quad-core processor, PLS TFT-LCD display with 960X540 pixels, as well as the new Tizen 3.0 UI.

The same source also mentioned that Tizen handsets that will launch in the US "are likely to be high-end ones" that should pack 2 GB RAM, a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 8 MP rear camera and a 2,500 mAh battery. While these are clearly far from the specs of 2015 flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the upcoming LG G4, they should be enough to draw the attention of budget-conscious consumers in these new markets.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-04-17 (Update: 2015-04-17)