Moving away from Android, Samsung rolled out its first Z1 smartphone in India, that runs on its own operating system Tizen, and the device is priced Rs.5,700, making it a budget phone within the reach of many. It is available on Flipkart, Amazon and other e-retail websites online.
“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,” Hyun Chil Hong, president and chief executive officer, Samsung India Electronics said.
The smartphone Z1 has a 3.1 megapixel rear camera and the front camera is VGA. It has a 4 GB internal memory and 768 MB RAM. The battery of the phone has a strength of 1599 mAH. It has a 4-inch WVGA PLS screen that will allow the users to hit on games, videos and other multimedia content instantly.
Z1 buyers can download via internet, all apps and access social networking on 3G networks of Reliance Communications and Aircel in India, said the company.
Samsung has embarked upon Tizen operating system to move away too much of dependance on Google’s Android operating system, and partnered with the Tizen Association, Intel, and the Linux Foundation, which have been working on Tizen OS for sometime now. It was first released in 2012.
Samsung released its NX300M camera based on Tizen in October 2013 and soon used the OS on its Gear smartwatches. Apart from spreading the range of its products to mobiles, Samsung is contemplating to launch Tizen-based televisions soon.
The Samsung Z1 is coming with free content from Club Samsung, free music content from Hungama for 3 months, free subscriptions for nexGTv and BoxTV worth Rs. 1,750, with access to over 7,000 Bollywood and Hollywood movies, said the company.
The company said the Z1 phones have a built-in SOS alert system to seek help by pressing the power button four times and that it sports a private mode to keep sensitive data away from prying eyes, besides a pre-loaded antivirus.