While Samsung is dominating the Android space, it is not the only operating system powering the company’s mobile devices. Samsung’s portfolio also includes smartwatches and smartphones that run on its own Tizen OS. So far, the company has launched two Tizen smartphones in India called, Z1 and Z3 and both are priced under Rs 6,000. Today, Samsung has launched the third smartphone in its Tizen lineup, called Z2. The Samsung Z2 is priced at Rs 4,590, and will be going on sale in India from August 29 via offline channels and online on Paytm exclusively. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 First Impressions: Reshaping foldable tech for future?
The Tizen-based OS is not the only talking point of Samsung’s new smartphone. Samsung Z2 buyers will also be getting a free Reliance Jio SIM card with unlimited access to the preview offer. Jio’s preview offer gives users access to services like unlimited data, calls, text messages, and Jio’s own apps like My Jio, Jio on Demand that offers users access to movies, TV shows, and Jio Beats that gives users access to millions of HD songs in over 20 languages. “Samsung Z2 makes 4G accessible and relevant to the unique needs of feature phone users and first time smartphone buyers. It brings consumers a fast and affordable mobile internet experience that will democratize 4G usage in the country,” Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India Electronics, said. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Watch Active 2 get ECG support in US, but there's a catch
Samsung Z2 specifications
The new Samsung Z2 sports a 4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Also on offer is 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. Also Read - Logitech MK295 Silent Combo includes a silent keyboard and mouse for Rs 2,995
In the photography department, the smartphone is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while up front is a VGA camera. The smartphone also features a 1,500mAh battery and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB OTG support.
The talking point of the smartphone is clearly the operating system. In addition to running on Tizen, Samsung has also preloaded a bunch of its own apps and services. These include, the Ultra Data Saving mode that Samsung says can save users up to 40 percent of data, and also the S Bike Mode, which is built with bikers in mind. Samsung has also introduced a new app called My Money Transfer. As the name suggests, this app lets users easily manage money transactions and generate mini bank statements as well. Samsung says the feature supports money transfer to and from all popular private and public banks.
The Samsung Z2 with a price tag of Rs 4,590 will have to compete against quite a smartphones running on Android OS. In this range, buyers can choose from the likes of the Reliance Digital LYF Flame 7, Intex Cloud Glory 4G, and Micromax Bolt Selfie among others.
The LYF Flame 7 is priced at Rs 3,499 and comes with 4G and VoLTE connectivity support. It also comes with a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel selfie camera.
The Intex Cloud Glory 4G is priced at Rs 3,999 and comes with features like 4.5-inch FWVGA display, 1GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. It also runs on Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
There is also the Micromax Bolt Selfie, launched earlier this year for Rs 4,999. The smartphone features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, 1GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5-megapixel rear and selfie cameras, and it supports 4G as well.
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