Even though Samsung launched Tizen, its very own operating system, almost three years ago, there are only a handful of devices powered by this platform. Tizen was successfully used in several smartwatches but as far as smartphones are concerned, there are only two of them – the Samsung Z1 and Z3. Scratch that – there were two, since today a new member is joining the Tizen family. The manufacturer just unveiled the Z2, a new Tizen phone featuring 4G internet speeds and Jio applications.
The third Tizen-powered smartphone is now official. The Samsung Z2 is compact, easy to use and as cheap as can be.
We have to admit that Samsung is following a pretty weird naming scheme with its Tizen phones. Last year the company released the Z1 and Z3 and now we have the Z2. Are we counting backwards? Apparently so, but that’s probably because spec-wise, the Z2 is in between the Z1 and Z3.
Specs and features
The Samsung Z2 with its 4-inch (3.97-inch to be more precise) 480×800 pixels screen is very compact by today’s standards and truth be told the availability of such size is quite refreshing, since not everyone must be in love with huge phones. Powering the device is a 1.5Ghz quad-core Spreadtrum (SC9830) processor paired with 1GB of RAM and there’s 8GB of internal memory expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot.
Like the vast majority of smartphones, the Z2 is equipped with two cameras – there’s a 5-megapixel shooter with LED flash on the back, and a VGA sensor resides on the front panel. Probably the most important improvement, though, is 4G LTE support – the Z2 is the first Tizen phone capable of such speeds. Other key features include two SIM slots and a 1,500 mAh battery which should be good for up to 8 hours of 4G web browsing on single charge and moreover offers Ultra Power Saving mode.
The Z2 will ship with Tizen 2.4 out of the box and will be preloaded with several cool apps, some of which are designed especially for its destination market, that is India. For starters, the phone comes with Jio apps which offer free entertainment on the go in the form of music and video – Jio Beats will allow users to listen to millions of HD songs in over 20 languages, while Jio On Demand provides access to latest movies, TV shows and other video content.
Another app which deserves special attention is My Money Transfer. The app allows users to perform basic banking operations such as manage transactions and generate mini bank statements without the need of going online. The Z2 also offers S Bike mode – a feature which most likely will be greatly appreciated in India where bikes are the most common means of transport.
The Z2 will go on sale on Monday, August 29, and will be priced at barely Rs. 4,590 which would be approximately $70 in the US. The phone will be available in three color options – black, gold and red wine. A number of phone retail stores will offer the device, though users who prefer online shopping will have only one option – Paytm.