Samsung will be launching the much-anticipated Z1 handset in India on January 18. The phone — which was initially expected to launch in October earlier this year– runs on Korean technology giant s homegrown Linux-based Tizen operating system, and will be priced at around Rs 5,700 ($90), Korean Economic Daily reports. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
Samsung was expected to launch the handset at around the time of Diwali this year. After missing that deadline, a report from late last month claimed that the handset would release on December 10. The company initially planned to launch a high-end Tizen-powered Samsung Z handset, but after several of its partners allegedly backed out, the company then instead decided to make a affordable handset and use India as the test market for the device. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
From what we have heard so far, the handset carries a 4-inch WVGA display. It will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor coupled with 512MB RAM. Other features of the device include a 3.2-megapixel camera and support for 3G and Wi-Fi. On the software front, the Samsung Z1 will run on the Tizen 2.3 operating system.
The company is also expected to offer localised content including music, videos with its Club Samsung 2.0 program to lure in Indian users. The Rs 6,000 price-tag will see the Samsung Z1 compete against Android One handsets.
The phone also signals company s growing focus towards its own operating system. It has had been trying to reduce its reliance on Google s operating system, according to multiple reports.