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Samsung Launches their first Tizen Z1 Smartphone in India

Samsung have launched their first Tizen based Smartphone in India. The Samsung Z1 SM-Z130H is born. #Linux #OpenSource
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Ash
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Jan 14, 2015

 
We reported yesterday tht the Samsung Z1 SM-Z130H Smartphone will launch today and well ... It has. Samsung India Electronics have just announced the launch of the first Tizen based Smartphone for India, the Samsung Z1. The Tizen Experts Team and Linux enthusiasts EVERYWHERE (almost everywhere) are delighted to see this moment finally happen.

 
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Samsung Z1 expands the mobile entertainment experience with simple yet smart features

The Z1 was launched at a Press Event held at the in New Delhi, India and is the first Tizen Smartphone to be released. Users will see improvements in memory and power management compared to current Operating Systems. We have faster boot and application launch times, as well as the best in class browsing experience, and long lasting battery performance.

“The smartphone market in India is rapidly evolving, with many consumers using their device as their screen of choice for content including videos, television programs and video games, as well as a range of apps,” said Mr. Hyun Chil Hong, President and CEO, Samsung India Electronics, “We have customized the Samsung Z1 to meet these unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers for a personal and reliable mobile experience."

 
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Samsung seem to have read their perspective users correctly we think and bundled in some great free entertainment for music, movies, videos, mobile TV and radio. Users will get ‘Joy Box’, which lets them access music, TV and movies. We are talking 270,000 songs and the ability to watch over 80 live TV channels. Samsung have partnered with Hungama.com so users can stream or download tracks of their choice. Over two million Bollywood and English songs can be accessed for free for a period of three months.

For Live TV Samsung has partnered with mobile Live TV service nexGTv and Box TV, allowing access to 7000 Bollywood and Hollywood movies for 3 months. You also get built in Anti-Virus protection that continually scans the system for threats such as virus, smishing, phishing, and even pharming.

If that is not enough, Reliance Communications & Aircel users will get 500MB of 3G data every month for 6 months.
 

Features

  • Bundled Entertainment package worth 1,750Rs per year
  • Faster Boot times
  • Faster application loading
  • Longer Battery
  • Fast and smooth User Interface
  • Built in Anti-Virus protection

 

​The Samsung Z1 is priced at INR 5,700/- and will be available in India from January 14th available in White, Black and Wine Red.

Pictures


 

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Samsung Z1 Specifications

Display 4.0" WVGA 480x800 PLS TFT
Processor Dual-Core 1.2GHz
Network 3G
Memory Memory 768 M(ARM)+4GB(eMMC)
MicroSD Microsd up to 32GB
Camera 3MP FF w/Flash + VGA
Sensors Accelerometer
Wireless Connectivity BT 4.0, WiFi b/g/n, WiFi Direct
GPS A-GPS
Battery capacity 1,500 mAh
OS Tizen 2.3
Samsung Services & Applications Find my mobile / Tizen store
Radio FM Radio / RDS
Video Recording: [email protected] fps / Playback: [email protected]
Others Dual sim

 
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6 comments on “Samsung Launches their first Tizen Z1 Smartphone in India”

  1. Silent release ? Bad strategy.
    With such low specification and high price ?
    Will be interesting to see how they succeed.

    1. Not so "silent" I've seen a lot of media coverage today.

      Price in India is competitive with the Android One phones - and this may be better. Also has the "Samsung" name while the Android One phones come from smaller less well known manufacturers.

  2. One thing I'd like to know is which Indian languages are supported - and for which languages are fonts and keyboard layouts pre-installed? Also how easy will it be for an ordinary user to install a font and keyboard layout for a language/script that may not be pre-installed?

    I live in Bhutan where most phones come from India (and Samsung phones are popular). The national language here is Dzongkha written in the Tibetan script, though the standard keyboard layout is different I'm wondering how easy, or difficult, it is going to be to get support for Dzongkha language and Tibetan script working on these phones. Anybody know about these things? Unfortunately this is an area reviews in the English language ever seem to cover.

    One big issue there has been with Android is how many years it took Google to provide decent support for languages using complex scripts (including all the languages of India except English) - and even now there are still problems. It is also difficult for an ordinary user to install a font for a language/script that may not be pre-installed on the phone without rooting the device - which is not always easy on some Android devices (and may void the warranty) and then the font may not display in all applications. This was never a problem for the few Nokia phones running maemo or meego OS - which were proper Linux operating systems - not crippled like Android and fully supported complex script rendering from the start. (Apples iOS also supported complex script rendering from the start and always had a selection of fonts covering most scripts)

    The fact that Samsung are also going producing TVs running Tizen is encouraging. "Smart TVs", if they are affordable, will obviously also become another popular way of
    accessing the Internet/WWW - and Samsung are a dominant player in the TV market.

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