Samsung Launches Its First Tizen-Powered Phone, The Z1, In India For $92

Samsung Launches Its First Tizen-Powered Phone, The Z1, In India For $92

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After plenty of speculation and an abort launch in Russia last year, Samsung has finally managed to release its first phone powered by the Tizen operating system. The Samsung Z1 is coming to India initially, where it is available to buy for 5,700 INR — that’s around $92 — from today.The Z1 is an affordable device, both in price and specs. It packs a four-inch WVGA PLS screen, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 768 MB RAM. There’s a 3.1-megapixel camera on the rear, and a limited VGA camera on the front.The phone runs version 2.3 of the Tizen operating system, and comes with 4GB of on-device storage which can be expanded by up to 64GB via a micro SD card. It supports dual SIMs, as is commonplace with devices in India.Samsung is placing a lot of focus on content with this launch. Hyun Chil Hong, President and CEO of Samsung in India, said the device has been built to “meet [the] unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers” — that refers to its ‘Joy Box’ package that provides free access to content from Club Samsung, and trial access to Hungama.com, nextGTv and Bot TV.All that content requires bandwidth, and a joint promotion with operator Airtel gives buyers of the Z1 500MB of 3G data for free for an initial six months.Tizen has long been touted as Samsung’s attempt to hedge its reliance on Google and Android, although this first incarnation of the operating system will not compete with its high-end devices in any way. Instead it appears complementary to Samsung’s mid-range devices — that now includes the Galaxy A7, which launched this week — and it could have potential in price-sensitive emerging markets.The Z1 is cheaper than Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi phones — which retail for around $150, and have been particularly popular in India, where the Chinese firm sold 1 million devices in its first five months of business.It

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