Samsung launches new Tizen-based smartphone, reaffirming its commitment to maintain the operating systems on mobile phones designed specifically for the Indian market. Despite enormous competition and some original problems with the operating system, Samsung reassures customers that they plan to improve and upgrade the OS to consumer needs and preferences.
Even though most smartphone models from the South Korean company are using Google’s Android as their operating system, Samsung says it sees major potential for Tizen in low-end smartphones, wearables, TVs and other sensor-connected devices.
Samsung launched its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z1, in India earlier this year, in January. By June, it was reported that the company had sold over one million phones at an individual average price of 5,700 rupees (approximately $88).
But now, Samsung has announced that their new model, the Samsung Z3, is ready to be launched on the Indian market. The Z3 costs 8,490 rupees ($130) and will be made available this month, in India, in gold, black and silver.
The Samsung Z3 has a 5-inch high-definition Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core processor.
It has a 2,600mAh battery which allows users to operate on standby for up to 33 hours at less than 10% battery life when used with the Ultra Power Saving Mode. With the aid of a microSD, the phone’s internal memory can be expanded to as much as 128GB.
Samsung further claims that the new Z3 model incorporates some efficient compression and management features that can cut mobile data usage by up to 40%.
The new phone also features a free music service with over 35 million songs, called Mix Radio. It also comes with a new app, called My Galaxy, which offers user-personalized deals and discounts on wide-ranging services, including travel, content and shopping, among others.
The fact that the new mobile phone is exclusively focused on the Indian market further proves the country’s “significance as a key center for innovation and development,” according to the Vice President of Marketing, IT & Mobile at Samsung India, Asim Warsi.
The company plans to further research the possibilities and implementation of new features for the Tizen operating system. By launching the Z3 in India, Samsung hopes to gather data about user preferences and feedback on how to potentially improve the OS and eventually move it to other smartphone models available worldwide.
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