Samsung unveils first Tizen smartphone


Device to be shown off at the Tizen Develop Conference in San Francisco from June 3, and will go on sale in Russia in Q3 

Samsung has unveiled the first smartphone to be run off the open source Tizen platform, the Samsung Z. It will be showcased at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco tomorrow and on Wednesday.

The Samsung Z, which comes in black and gold will then go on sale in Russia in Q3, with sale in further markets thereafter. Availability and pricing in the UK is unknown at this stage.

It is powered by a 2.3GHz processor and runs the Tizen 2.2.1 OS. Also included is a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen that supports 2D and 3D graphic qualities, eight megapixel rear and 2.1-megapixel front cameras, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card.

Additional features include a built-in fingerprint sensor and Ultra Power Saving Mode. This feature, which debuted on the Galaxy S5, switches the screen from colour to black and white, and turns off all non-essential services on the phone.

Customers will be offered access to applications through the Tizen Store at the launch of the Samsung Z and in order to celebrate the launch of the device and encourage more developers to join, the store will provide a special promotional programme to all developers for one year.