SAMSUNG UNVEILED its first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, on Monday, no doubt to steal some of Apple's limelight ahead of its imminent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).
The Samsung Z is the firm's first smartphone to ditch Android in favour of its homegrown Tizen mobile operating system. The device runs Tizen version 2.2.1, which according to Samsung offers fast startup times and "immediate" multi-tasking capabilities, whatever that means. The Samsung Z features many of the same features as the Android powered Galaxy S5, with apps such as S Health arriving pre-installed. There's also a built-in fingerprint scanner, and Samsung's Ultra Power Saving battery mode.
DJ Lee, president and head of global sales at Samsung said, "Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs.
"The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilise applications more effectively."
The Samsung Z has a 4.8in 1280x720 resolution Super AMOLED screen powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. There's also 4G LTE support, 16GB of internal storage expandable to 64GB via microSD card, dual 8MP and 2.1MP cameras and a 2,600mAh battery.
The Samsung Z will be made available in black and gold versions but, at present, the smartphone has only been detailed for release in Russia, where it will arrive in the third quarter.
Samsung has yet to announced global availability, but it's likely the device will show its face in the UK this year as the firm looks to push its Tizen mobile operating system into the hands of consumers. µ