SEOUL: Samsung has finally announced their own Tizen OS smartphone, after years of hearing Tizen was being worked on by the South Korean giant as a possible competitor and way out of Android.

The phone, named the Samsung Z, will be shown off at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco on June 3rd. We expect to find more details about Tizen 2.2.1 and possibly see some big app reveals, Samsung has a lot of money to fund a new platform.

Samsung Z Tizen Smartphone Specs

Design-wise, the Samsung Z looks like a nice mid-range option for users who want to try out something new. Samsung obviously does not feel confident enough to actually encroach on the Galaxy S and Note markets, dropping some of the Samsung Z specs to fit a mid-range market.

Samsung has added a 4.8-inch 720p display to the phone, along with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, most likely the Snapdragon 800. Other specs are similar to the Galaxy counterparts, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 64GB microSD slot, 2600mAh battery and an 8MP rear camera.

Russia will be the first to get their hands on the Samsung Z, launching in Q3 2014. Samsung will be working with developers to get the Tizen app store rich with content before moving into other markets and will be hosting challenges in Russia and CIS countries this year.

Even though the Tizen OS smartphone is finally available, it looks like we will be waiting until 2015 before Samsung get it into Europe, the United States and other Asian territories. The Samsung Z is a good first taste for any developer interested in the platform, but we doubt it will be a game changer.

Russia is an odd place for Samsung to start, considering the amount of Android adoption in the area. iOS and Windows Phone maintain less than 10 percent of all smartphone users and Android scoops up around 90 percent.

Source: Samsung.

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