Samsung has unveiled the first smartphone that runs Tizen OS, an alternative to Android, dubbed as the Z. Samsung is going to preview the Z at Tizen Developer Conference which is going to be held in San Francisco tomorrow. The manufacturer claims to have built a premium smartphone which borrows its concept from the Galaxy S5, however stays well behind when it comes to specs.

The Z is equipped with a 4.8-inch display with 1280×720 HD display, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage that can be expanded upto 64 GB via microSD card. The device incorporates an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and 2.1-megapixel front facing camera. On the connectivity front, it comes with standard WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, IR sensor along with LTE support.


The body measures 138 x 69.8 x 2 x 8.5 mm with a total weight of 136 grams and also includes a 2,600 mAh battery. Importantly, it also features a fingerprint and heartbeat sensor similar to the one installed on the Galaxy S5.

As mentioned, the smartphone runs on Tizen (build 2.2.1) operating system which brings some typical features of Samsung devices such as S Health 3.0. At the moment, the Z doesn’t seem interesting in terms of innovation, additionally, users will also not have access to one million Android apps. However, Samsung promises a fast performance, quick multitasking and high-quality web experience.

Samsung is the leading smartphone manufacturer running Google’s Android mobile operating system, but Tizen would allow to have greater control as well as also enable to push their services that could lead to a new source of revenue. However, Samsung delayed the launch of the Z for almost a year due to lack of support from carriers.

The Samsung Z will be launched in Russia in the third quarter of this year and will arrive in other markets after some time. It will be available in black and gold colors.