Samsung is planning to manufacture Z1, Tizen OS-based smartphone, in India, PTI reported.
India is the first market globally, where the Z1 was launched at Rs. 5,700 on January 14, targeted at first-time smartphone buyers.
The phone will also be launched in Bangladesh.
“The compelling proposition of an easy to use and clutter free interface (of Z1), along with premium design has met wide consumer acceptance… The Z1 will be manufactured in company’s Noida plant in UP,” said Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi.
The Noida facility has a capacity of producing over four million mobile phones a month and manufactures both affordable and high-end devices here.
It is believed that Samsung has sold about 50,000-55,000 units of Z1 since the launch on January 14.
Currently, only a few devices, including Samsung’s smartwatch products run on the Tizen platform. A majority of Samsung’s mobile phones are Google Android-based, which is also the dominant OS on most smartphones across the globe.
Samsung developed Tizen with Huawei Technologies and Intel Corp to challenge the Android software that powers most of the world’s mobile devices.
Earlier, Samsung had, on several occasions last year, tried to launch a Tizen smartphone in Japan, France, Russia and India but every time balked at the last minute citing a lack of support from carriers and app developers.
Samsung’s Z1, a dual SIM smartphone, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB. It features four-inch display, 3.1 MP rear and a VGA front camera and 1,500 mAh battery.