Samsung will launch a new, entry–level handset running its own Tizen smartphone operating system in the New Year.
According to reports in Korea, the company will reveal the Samsung Z1 on January 18th, offering it for sale for around £58. The phone will be marketed in emerging markets, where Samsung is fighting to gain lost ground against Chinese mobile makers such as Xiaomi.
The release date was revealed by an anonymous Samsung staffer, speaking with the Korea Economic Daily. His revelations come as a leak showed off the Samsung Z1 for the first time at an Indian retailer event.
The handset is said to tote a 4–inch, 800 x 480 screen, dual–core processor, 4GB storage and dual SIM smarts. That’s all backed up Samsung’s latest version of Tizen.
The launch is something of a surprise, as the Korean giant canned the release of its Samsung Z Tizen phone back in the summer. At the time it was thought that it had realised that its proprietary OS could not compete with the likes of Google Android and Apple iOS. The Samsung Z1 could make an appearance at next month’s CES, which takes place in Las Vegas.
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