Reports are coming in that Samsung will unveil a Tizen powered smartphone called as Samsung Z2, the follow-up for the successful Samsung Z1. But why is this so important that Samsung is hell bent on announcing it alongside the super phone Note 7 in India?
Well, Tizen is the ticket that will allow Samsung to dominate yet stay independent in the smartphone world similar to Apple. But then again, even Apple has to depend on Samsung for components such as processor, display, and RAM modules. Samsung doesn’t have to depend on anybody if it was in apple’s position.
The Korean smartphone maker is currently the top player in smartphone industry but it still has to rely on Google for upgrades to the operating system and security patches.
To change that, it has created the Tizen operating system. But tizen failed to take off and it now finds comfort inside smart televisions and smartwatches. But with the low-cost Samsung Z2, the Galaxy smartphone maker could disrupt the Indian smartphone market that currently has 97% of Android devices.
Samsung has been investing huge resources in the Indian sub-continent and intends to launch the Tizen revival from here. As a part of that, it is unveiling the Samsung Z2 that is aimed as a mass market device with low price tag and decent specs. Consumers in India won’t mind the apps unless their basic requirements aren’t fulfilled by them. Most of them don’t use Spotify, Netflix or Pokémon go.
The specs of the phone include a 3.97-inch 800×480 LCD touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 1,500 mAh battery. It’s powered by a 1.5 GHz processor (with an unknown number of cores). It will run Tizen 2.4, and has support for LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11n. In the box, you’ll find a 5V 0.7A charger and a headset.
Samsung has done well to bring app developers on board which resulted in the swelling of Tizen app store but there is still a long way to go if it has to challenge Android.