Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone to hit Russian and CSI markets in Q3

samsungZIt’s a big day for Samsung as the South Korean giant announced the release of its first non-Android phone. Named Samsung Z, new device will run on the newest 2.2.1 version of open source OS Tizen.

The phone will be in the markets in the third quarter of this year, starting with Russia and expanding across other CIS markets soon after. The phone will be on display at Tizen Developer Conference to be held in San Francisco on June 3rd.

The new device which is very similar in terms of hardware to the Samsung’s high-end Galaxy phones, will boast a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor. The company says the external design of the device offers a differentiated look compared to Galaxy line and will come in black and white.

South Korean company also believes that a Tizen Store which will contain a satisfactory amount of additional apps will be ready by the launch of Samsung Z in Russia. To encourage more developers to support the platform and enrich the Tizen eco-system, the Tizen Store will provide a special promotional program for one year and local app challenges in Russia and CIS countries will be organized.

In praise of Tizen OS, Samsung said the platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management in Samsung Z offering a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities. It said the device fully supports 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing. The phone will also have a built-in fingerprint sensor.

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