Samsung has revealed the first ever Tizen–packing smartphone. The Samsung Z uses the company’s own operating system, rather than being reliant on Google Android like its other key handsets.
Tizen is an open source platform being developed by Samsung as it looks to wean itself off Google’s products and release phones which it controls completely.
The new Samsung Z has a fairly mid–range set of specs. The screen clocks in at 720p HD, a step down from its Galaxy S5, although its 4.8–inch size shows Samsung remains committed to larger screen devices.
There’s a 2.3GHz quad core processor underneath to keep things moving at pace, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which can be bumped up by a further 64GB using microSD.
The snapper comes with a respectable eight-megapixel sensor, while the front-facing shooter will deliver perfect selfies with 2.1 megapixels.
The big deal here, though, is the software. Samsung has spent years trialling Tizen and is hoping it can attract a solid developer base to help it challenge the dominance of Apple’s iOS as well as Google’s Play store.
More details on the phone, including a release date and price, will be revealed at the Tizen developer conference, being held from June 3rd in San Francisco.
With Apple’s WWDC event also taking place at the same time and in the same place, Samsung must be hoping to grab some of the limelight for its new blower.