Samsung has announced the launch of its first Tizen smartphone for the Indian customers. Two years back, the company said it had plans to sell Tizen based phones in India.
The Samsung Z1 will be the first smartphone to feature the Tizen operating system.
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The company promised to launch the first Tizen based phone in 2013 but failed to get support from carriers.
Tizen is an open-source operating system based on Linux, and was born after Intel and the Linux Foundation decided it was going to abandon the MeeGo platform.
“The smartphone market in India is rapidly evolving, with many consumers using their device as their screen of choice for content including videos, television programs, and video games, as well as a range of apps,” said Hyun Chil Hong, Samsung India Electronics president and CEO.
The Samsung Z1 sports a 4 inch display and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor backed by 768MB of RAM.
# 4 inch display
# 1.2 GHz dual core processor
# Tizen OS
# 768MB RAM
# 4GB internal storage capacity
# 64GB external storage capacity
# 3.1MP rear camera
# 1500mAh battery
The device will offer consumers free access to content available on Club Samsung. Also, the company has partnered with Hungama.com to deliver a selection of music streaming and download.
Users will have access to TV shows and over 7,000 Bollywood and Hollywood movies as part of a partnership deal between Samsung and mobile live TV service nexGTv and BoxTV for a fee of 1,750 rupees per year.
The Samsung Z1 is priced at 5,700 rupees, and will be available in India from January 14, 2015, in white, black, and wine red.