INDIA- Samsung ELECT LTD (NASDAQ: SSNLF) The smartphone giant announced the new, Tizen OS powered, Z3 smartphone aimed for the Indian market.
Samsung has been experimenting with its home-brewed mobile operating system for years now, without propelling it to any major appearances, besides its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2. The company seems to be skeptical about leaving the safe zone that Android is, thus moving on to its very own OS, when it comes to the smartphone market.
Samsung circulated its first Tizen phone earlier this year, the low-range Z1, solely launched in India- duly to the fact that the country is still an emerging market in the particular field. The device was a success as it achieved one million sold units.
Following in the steps of the Z1, the South Korean based colossus decided to go for a second generation, the Z3, which reportedly features a much more enhanced spec sheet. More precisely, the handset is equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel back and 5-megapixel front camera. With the particular specifications, the device can be easily classified as a mid-range handset, which is certainly significant progress over the low-range class that the Z1 belonged to.
Moreover, the hardware of the Z3 shares a striking resemblance with the design of the Galaxy S line-up, Samsung’s flagship series of smartphones, which definitely provides the device with a more premium look.
In terms of pricing, the Z3 will set you back 8490 Rupees (roughly $130), currently exclusive to Indian users. Though, the company mentioned that the smartphone might expand outside the Indian borders as well, if the sales figures are fair enough in the particular market. If it does circulate to other countries, we believe that the price will rise up a bit because of conversion rate differences in between different currencies and regions.
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