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Samsung Z is powered by a 2.3GHz, quad-core Intel processor

We knew this moment was coming. In the past few months, Samsung has made an effort to get its in-house Tizen mobile operating system into the hands of more consumers. In late February, it tested the waters with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches running the operating system. Just this past week, Samsung provided an update to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch that replaced its original Android operating system with Tizen.
Today, Samsung is going one step further with the launch of the Samsung Z — the world first smartphone running Tizen. Although Samsung told us back in late April that its first Tizen smartphone would be a “high-end” device, its specs don’t exactly scream “flagship” like its Galaxy S 5 cousin.

The Samsung Z features a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel processor with 2GB of RAM, 4.8” HD Super AMOLED (720p), 16GB of memory, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, fingerprint sensor, and LTE connectivity.
Compared to Android, the Samsung Z is said to “[deliver] a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management” and “offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities.”

“Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs,” continued DJ Lee, Samsung’s Marketing chief. “The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively.”

The Samsung Z will first be made available in Russia starting in Q3 of this year, and will late expand to other markets around the world. There is no word yet on U.S. availability.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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By Johnmcl7 on 6/2/2014 5:42:58 PM , Rating: 2
While Tizen is not specifically built by Samsung (it is after all a fork of Intel/Nokia's MeeGo)

No it isn't - Intel left their Meego project to join the Tizen project but Tizen is not built on Meego, it is built on the Samsung Linux Platform.

I was thinking I'm surprised that Samsung haven't taken a similar approach to Amazon with the Kindle and produced a device without the GMS that they can use their own software with but then as I was typing it I seem to recall that Google won't allow you do to that if you want to produce Android phones with the full Google suite?

By Alexvrb on 6/3/2014 12:22:18 AM , Rating: 2
You recall correctly. You can't do it piecemeal. The way Google has GMS licensing set up, you either take it all or leave it all - including access to things like Google Play and essential (up-to-date) APIs.

It's a LOT of work to fork the most current Android, more so than it was when Amazon got started. In fact Amazon's limited success in doing so accelerated Google's plans to reign in on all these open source adventures.

Basically, the support that Samsung gets from others (like Intel) working on Tizen makes it the better choice over attempting to build a GMS-free Android fork. If Tizen does well I can see Amazon expressing interest.

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