Samsung today launched its first Tizen-powered mobile handset Z1 in India. The handset offers entry-level specifications at a price point that puts it against the popular Redmi 1S handset from Xiaomi. Let’s see how it fare against it with its features, Also Read - Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1 smartphone sales touch 1 million
Price and Availability
Samsung Z1 is priced at Rs 5,700, while the Redmi 1S handset is selling at Rs 5,999. The Redmi 1S is exclusively available through Flipkart through Flash Sales and isn’t as easy to purchase, whereas the Z1 will be available through both online and offline retailers. Also Read - Overcart announces sale for 'unboxed and refurbished' Xiaomi Redmi 1S, price starts at Rs 4,599
As far as the price and ease of purchase is concerned, the Z1 is likely a better choice. Also Read - Samsung continues work on Tizen smartphones as Z2 leaked
The Redmi 1S boasts a 4.7-inch display with 720p (1280 x 720p) screen resolution, while the Z1 comes with a 4.0-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 pixels).
As far as the screen is concerned, the Redmi 1S triumphs over the Z1 with larger and better display.
Processor and RAM
As far as the processing power is concerned, the Redmi 1S is a far better choice. The handset is powered by a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor paired with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The Z1, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor which comes paired with 768MB of RAM.
Having said that, Tizen seems to be less resource hungry and during our early hands-on we didn’t encounter any lag.
On the storage front, the Redmi 1S comes with 8GB internal storage which can be further expanded using the microSD card slot. The Z1, on the other hand, has 4GB internal storage, though you can use a microSD card to expand it should you need more storage. One thing to note with the Z1 is that the OS itself takes about 2.5GB of storage and users will get slightly more than 1GB of space.
The camera in Samsung Z1 also runs short of its rival’s offerings. The handset boasts a 3.1-megapixel sensor, with a VGA selfie shooter upfront. The rear camera is fixed focus, which is a downer. Compare that to the 8-megapixel snapper on the rear side, and a 1.6-megapixel snapper upfront.
The Redmi 1S runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI skin on top of it. The Z1, on the other hand, runs on Tizen-based operating system. The operating system is a key differentiator here.
With Redmi 1S’s Android OS, a user can download and enjoy billions of apps, whereas with Tizen, which is a very new operating system, you only get about 1,000 apps to choose from and we found many of them to be web apps. Samsung didn’t provide any clarity whether apps would support notifications or not.
Android also offers more customizations and features, and has improved over the years to become a lot stable. This is something Tizen can’t deliver in the Z1.
The things going for the Z1 is its relatively premium looks, Samsung’s brand and the promise of much better battery performance than Android smartphones. However, if you want to use apps, Google’s suite of services and camera, the Redmi 1S becomes the obvious choice.
|Features||Samsung Z1||Redmi 1S|
|Display||5.0-inch 720p||4.7-inch 720p|
|Processor||1.2GHz quad-core||1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core|
|Storage||4GB expandable||8GB expandable|
|OS||Tizen 2.3||Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI|
|Price||Rs 5,700||Rs 5,999|
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