First Tizen smartphone – Samsung Z to land in Russia

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Samsung has finally taken the wraps off the much awaited and world’s first Tizen smartphone – Samsung Z – and a confirmation that the handset will make it to Russia in time for Q3 shipments with other markets to follow.

Samsung Z sports a 4.9-inch, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, and packs a 2.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB.

Featuring an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and BSI sensor and 2.1-megapixel front camera, the new smartphone runs on version 2.2.1 of Tizen and come with a 2600mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode feature.

Samsung Z, measuring 138.2 x 69.8 x 8.5mm, also features a fingerprint sensor, a heart rate monitor and S Health 3.0 app, which debuted exclusively on the company’s flagship device Galaxy S5. On the connectivity front, the new smartphone will come with 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, Bluetooth, GPS/ GLONASS, and NFC options.

“Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs,” DJ Lee, president of global sales and marketing for Samsung said in a blog post.

“The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilise applications more effectively.”

Samsung estimates that the Tizen devices will make up for as much as 15 percent of the smartphone shipments by the company every year. This might be a potential threat to the Android operating system, as Samsung makes up for around 65 percent of all the Android devices, according to the recent research data from Localytics.