Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1 finally launches... in India

Samsung Z1
The Samsung Z1 is finally here

When we caught our first glimpse of a Tizen-powered phone from Samsung, the world was a simpler place: the iPhone 4S was the hottest phone on the market and the London Olympics was about to get underway. Nearly three years later, you can finally get your hands on an official handset.

Or at least you can if you live in India. As we suspected this Linux-based OS is going to be used to grow Samsung's share of the market in developing nations. As well as Tizen, the freshly unveiled Samsung Z1 phone rocks a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

As per the rumours last month, it's sporting a 4-inch WVGA 800 x 480 display and has a 3.1-megapixel camera around the back.

Price is much more of a priority than specs though, and Samsung says the Z1 retails for INR 5,700 (that's roughly £60, $90, AU$115 with a direct conversion).

Samsung Z1

That's entertainment

People in developing nations such as India are picking up mobiles in their droves, and the Z1's mission is to get more of them using Samsung kit. It comes with a free entertainment package and Club Samsung membership, as well as built in antivirus protection.

"We have customized the Samsung Z1 to meet these unique, entertainment-focused needs of local Indian consumers for a personal and reliable mobile experience," said Hyun Chil Hong, President and CEO of Samsung India Electronics.

Whether or not Tizen will make it to the US and UK on a more high-powered device remains to be seen - we're just relieved that the OS has finally seen the light of day on a smartphone.

David Nield
Freelance Contributor

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.