Samsung’s upcoming Z3 smartphone will mark a return to Tizen, according to the latest internet rumours.
At the start of the year, Samsung released the entry-level Z1 smartphone in India and Bangladesh, packing the Linux-based Tizen OS instead of Android. After solid sales (the Z1 was the number one mobile in Bangladesh for Q1 2015), Samsung appears to be readying its next Tizen mobile for release later this year.
Samsung has opted to leapfrog straight from the Z1 to the Z3, and the device will reportedly be another budget-friendly offering. The Samsung Z3 will apparently run Tizen 3.0, which is expected to boast a number of notable upgrades – although information is rather thin right now.
Likewise we don’t know for sure what the Samsung Z3’s specs will be, but rumours indicate that it will run on a Snapdragon 410 processor and pack 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage and a 4 or 5-inch display, as well as 5-megapixel primary and 2-megapixel secondary cameras.
The Z3 will doubtless offer up more poke than the Z1, which runs on a modest dual-core Spreadtrum chip clocked to 1.2GHz, with only 768MB RAM at its disposal.
Samsung’s first Tizen-based effort impressed, regardless of its modest spec sheet, and the operating system has been praised for its simplicity and ease of use. There’s no word yet on when the Samsung Z3 will launch, but the device, which is sure to be aimed at emerging markets, is likely to be unveiled in Autumn.