Samsung’s Tizen OS (operating system) doesn’t seem to be having a smooth ride with its launch. The South Korean behemoth’s in-house OS has been facing countless delays aside from the successful migration of the Samsung Galaxy Gear series over to the platform. However, since mid this year, rumours and reports of the launch of Tizen OS powered devices have been met with delays and eventual cancellation.
This time, we have reports that Samsung was supposed to be launching its first commercially available Tizen OS device, the Samsung Z1, in India on December 10. The Z1 looked to be Samsung’s follow up to the ill fated Samsung Z which never saw its launch in Russia. True to previous reports, it looks like rumours of Samsung looking to target the low income bracket. Nonetheless, the Samsung Z1 didn’t see its release – even three days later.
The yet to be launched Tizen OS powered Samsung Z1 is supposed to be coming with a 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum SC7727S processor with a Mali-400 graphics unit. This will be supported by 512MB RAM. The Samsung Z1 will also be coming with a 3.2-MegaPixel camera with LED Flash and a disappointing VGA front facing camera.The display on the Z1 will be a 4-inch WVGA display. It may come with dual SIM 3G connectivity with WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM Radio. These specifications are a far cry from the initially rumoured Samsung Z. However, the device is rumoured to be coming under the USD$ 100 (MYR 350) mark. If this price point sounds familiar, it’s because Google’s recently launched Android One initiative plays in the same price range. With a move like this, its hard to not say that Samsung is looking to take some of Google’s market.
The decision to launch in India makes sound business sense on Samsung’s part as the sub continent is looking to become the 3rd largest market behind China and the United States in 2018. However, with all these failures to launch, it leaves one wondering whether Samsung’s Tizen OS will ever see a smartphone release.
What do you think? Will you buy a Tizen OS smartphone?