The First Smartphone to Run Linux-based Tizen – Revealed!

Tizen is a Linux based open-source OS which can operate smartphones, TVs, watches etc.. It is backed by the Linux Foundation, Samsung and Intel among others.

Updated Sep 18, 2016News

Earlier this week, on the Tizen Developer Conference, Samsung has unveiled the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS – Samsung Z.

Phone Specs

According to its demo (video below), the phone has 2.3GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8-megapixel camera and a resolution of 720×1280 pixels as its key features.

A Look at Tizen

The OS seems able to cover most of the basic features an average user may need, though some popular (mainly third party) apps are still missing from its Store‘s repository.

Apps such as Facebook or WhatsApp (see alternative) might not be available at the moment, yet it does come with Twitter preloaded on the phone.

In case you were wondering, yes, the UI does reminds that of the TouchWiz interface – also from Samsung. The reason for this is said to be the purpose of aiding the user familiarizing with the software.

Launch & Price

Currently the Samsung Z is scheduled to launch on the 3rd quarter of this year, being released to the Russian market first, and later will be brought to other countries as well.

Unfortunately, the price at which it will be sold is currently still – unknown.