A report from earlier this month claimed that Samsung was preparing to launch its Tizen-based Z1 handset in India on January 18. Adding weight to the claim are a number of newly leaked photos of the handset and promotional posters from Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom and other sources. One of the photos has also revealed the full specification of the handset.
According to the photo, the Z1 sports a 4-inch display of 800×480 pixels, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor paired with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of expandable internal storage. The dual-SIM handset supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, as well as FM radio. On the camera front, it comes with a 3-megapixel with LED flash at the rear end, and a VGA shooter upfront. It packs in a 1,500mAh battery.
The company is also expected to offer localized content including music, videos with its Club Samsung 2.0 program to attract Indian users. The handset is expected to be priced around Rs 6,000, which will see it compete against the likes of the Android One smartphones.
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 for quite some time now. Now that so many images of the handset have leaked, it indicates that the company does intend to launch the device very soon. The company had initially planned to launch a high-end Tizen-powered Samsung Z handset, but after several of its partners allegedly backed out, the Korean smartphone manufacturer has scraped the project.