Samsung has revealed a new smartphone using its own Tizen operating system, the Samsung Z3. The device is the first to run the software since the Samsung Z1 was launched back in January.
The new handset sticks rigidly to Samsung’s plans to offer the operating system only in lower and mid–range devices. That means that specs are not hugely alluring, even if the sub £100 price is.
There’s 1GB RAM, an eight megapixel camera round the back and five megapixel shooter up front and Samsung’s ultra power saving mode to ensure 33 hours of standby battery on less than 10% charge.
The screen comes in at a capacious five inches, with a standard 720P HD screen. Nothing to write home about compared to flagship phones, but decent enough.
Considering Samsung had planned to launch a series of top–end Tizen phones, the Z3 isn’t hugely exciting. The company scrapped its plans for the Samsung Z, its main Tizen phone, back in summer 2014. The OS recently made an appearance in Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch.
The Samsung Z3 is likely to be confined to emerging markets for now, with the Korean company saying it has been built specifically with the Indian market in mind.