Samsung Brings Tizen OS to Another Smartphone
The Samsung Z3, with a Tizen OS instead of Android, is being readied for sale in India, where it will sell for about $130 later in October.Samsung's experiments with the Linux-based Tizen operating system are continuing as the company has unveiled a second Tizen-equipped smartphone. This one will be sold in India. The new handset, the Samsung Z3, was announced by the company on Oct. 14 on the Samsung Tomorrow blog. The Z3 will only be sold in India at this time and is expected to debut there sometime in October with a price tag of about $130. The Z3 features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot that accepts storage cards of up to 128GB. The smartphone also includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, a 5MP front-facing camera and a 2,600mAh battery. In addition, the GSM phone features an Ultra Data Saving Mode that minimizes mobile data usage as well as an Ultra Power Saving Mode for increased battery life on a charge, according to Samsung. Plus, the Z3 has special "My Galaxy" customization features that let users localize their devices for easy access to nearby rewards and benefits in stores and restaurants.
"As a pioneer of the Tizen platform, we have continuously introduced Tizen-based mobile devices, including Samsung Z1 [smartphone] and Samsung Gear S2 [smartwatch], in our commitment to develop the Tizen ecosystem," J.K. Shin, the CEO and head of IT and mobile business at Samsung, said in a statement. "We developed the Samsung Z3 to provide the features that will help consumers capitalize on the growing Tizen ecosystem and make the most out of their personal mobile experience."