Samsung has today launched its new smartphone, Samsung Z4. This is the fourth smartphone in the Z-series from the Korean giant, which runs on its own Tizen operating system. The Z4 is the follow-up of the previously launched Z2 smartphone. It runs on Tizen 3.0, which is basically a custom fork of Android operating system.
The phone comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA display with screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also has a curved 2.5D glass on the front that enhances looks and aesthetics. The smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM.
There is a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash LED and a 5-megapixel camera on the front with flash. The dual-SIM smartphone supports 4G LTE, VoLTE, and VoWiFi. It is powered by a 2,050mAh battery.
DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said,
The Samsung Z4 brings a simplified mobile experience to first time smartphone users and represents our ongoing commitment to expanding the Tizen ecosystem.
Samsung says that Tizen OS gives the phone an intuitive interface, easy access to top 8 applications on the screen among other smart features. It also comes pre-bundled with my money transfer app which allows users to check their bank balance, get a mini statement and transfer money.
The device supports offline maps and web pages alongside 12 Indian languages. It also comes with Samsung’s proprietary ultra data saving and S Bike mode.
The Samsung Z4 will be available in Black, Gold and Silver colors. The company has not yet revealed its pricing, but it appears that it will be priced under $100.
Tizen, the open-source “Android-alternative” operating system from the company, is a major product for Samsung as the OS powers its smartwatches, TVs, and its Internet of Things (IoT) products. But, it has not yet managed to take off in the smartphone realm in any meaningful way. While not being a threat to market leaders Android and iOS in any way, Samsung keeps coming up with Tizen OS-powered smartphones in emerging markets. It will detail its strategy for the OS at the Tizen Developer Conference, scheduled for May 16-17.
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