Samsung recently have released a Tizen smartphone, the Z1 in India. It is currently being sold in India and Bangladesh so far. It may not remain that way though as there are rumours regarding bringing the smartphone into other Asian markets. The Tizen powered Z1 smartphone is meant to be a budget smartphone for developing markets by Samsung.
To further prove its commitment to this market, Samsung has spent around US$84 million (MYR308 million) to expand its manufacturing plant in Noida, India. This expansion will allow Samsung produce up to 4 million units of smartphones every month. It is no wonder though since there are reports out there that suggests that India is one of the fastest growing markets for the smartphones; especially low-end to mid-end smartphones. Of course that is the one place that Tizen should start. If successful Tizen could grow even more with the growth potential in India.
The Z1 is running on Tizen, powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor paired with 768MB of RAM with an internal memory of 4GB expandable to 64GB via MicroSD. There is only one 3.15-Megapixel camera unit on this smartphone fitted with Dream Shot for users to take selfies and add different frames into the photos. This is all juiced up by a 1,500mAh battery unit which, according to Samsung should be good for about 7 hours of continuous video streaming and 8 hours of talk time. If you are running out of power with no back up though Samsung included their impressive “Ultra Power Saving Mode” into the smartphone.
We maintain that Tizen does have a potential but it is not polished enough and does not play with other devices nicely enough. The Indian and Bangladeshi market are both very strong markets in terms of potential and growth in the industry. There are definite potentials for Tizen in the market if it picks up even further. As to when it is going to arrive in the Malaysian shores though, we have no idea yet.