Samsung Ditches Android For Tizen OS In Beastly Samsung Z Smartphone

It has taken much longer than most people anticipated but, weirdly, on a Sunday evening the Korean smartphone giant has finally released its first Tizen OS smartphone.

Samsung Z Tizen OS

The specifications prove the Tizen debutee to modestly powerful device packed with a 2.3GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Network LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
 Display 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED (1280×720)
 Processor 2.3GHz Quad-core Snapdragon
 Operating System Tizen 2.2.1
 Camera 8MP rear, 2.1MP front
 Video Playback Video formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKVVideo codecs: H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8
 Audio Playback Audio codecs: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLACAudio formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
 Camera Features Mini mode, quick shot, best photo, drama, panorama, dual camera
 Connectivity WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n HT40GPS

Bluetooth 4.0

USB 2.0

NFC

IR

 Sensors AccelerometerGyrometer

Promiximity sensor

Compass

Barometer

RGB ambient light

Fingerprint scanner

Heart rate sensor

 Memory 2GB RAM
 Storage  Internal 16GB, microSD slot up to 64GB
 Dimensions 138.2mm x 69.8mm x 8.5mm136g
 Battery 2600mAh

The most noteworthy point of the features is the fact that Samsung have ditched Android for the new premium smartphone line. Tizen OS is just over two years old and may suggest Samsung have invested a lot into getting the initial release on a smartphone right, but – they have had to ditch a lot of Android feature.

The most obvious loss is the Google Play Store. And since Tizen is also making it’s first commercial debut on the Z, it also lacks a store so customizations will be very limited for now atleast.

There may be hints towards Samsung focusing on it’s own app store, afterall, the version of Tizen shipped on the Samsung Z comes with Samsung’s TouchWizz enhancements.

Samsung Z Tizen OS 2

Samsung have tipped a 2014 Q3 launch date for the Russian market only thus far. We are in two minds as to whether it will find it’s way into the UK and American markets due to the lack of full support from developers.

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