[update] Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Z3 on October 14 2016 in India. The handset is a low-cost option, but still features a metal frame and a curved back panel similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 5. The display is a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED one, and the handset boasts with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, microSd card slot, 8 MP camera on the rear, 5 MP camera on the front, 2600 mAh battery and of course, Tizen version 2.4. Unfortunately there’s no LTE and no global launch, yet. The Galaxy Z3 price is set at the equivalent of $130 in India. So, Tizen. What do you think?
The global smartphone market isn’t really interested in Tizen, as iOS and Android are two main operating systems of the general community. Nonetheless, Samsung has a lot of confidence in their Tizen operating system and has decided to launch it globally. Previously, Samsung released Tizen-powered smartphones in emerging markets, but has not divulged anything about a global release of Tizen-powered smartphones. That is about to change as rumors suggest the next Galaxy Z3 with Tizen on board will benefit from global availability.
The Galaxy Z3 release date isn’t set in stone yet, as Samsung themselves hasn’t confirmed much of anything about this entry-level handset. Regardless, more and more leaked images and certification documents have been popping up around the internet, with various communities discussing what kind of specs and features the first global Tizen smartphone will have. People seem to be interested in what Tizen can do compared to iOS and Android and that might work in Samsung’s favor once the Galaxy Z3 goes official.
Judging by leaked documents and Galaxy Z3 photos, the new entry-level smartphone will be similar to the company’s Galaxy E and A line-up of smartphones, with a metal unibody and a sleek, polished look. It feels like Samsung wants to take premium to the entry-level market by providing (especially younger crowds) with sexy phones that have just the basic features to get you through your daily tasks, as a good daily driver would.
According to the leaked Galaxy Z3 specs, the handset will feature a 5-inch display with a decent 1280*720 resolution, a relatively sub-par Spreadtrum SC88305 SoC backed by 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage and a 2300 mAh battery. The smartphone will be outfitted with an 8 MP camera on the rear and a 5 MP camera on the front. Tizen will be running the show and rumor has it, Samsung has been working on its OS and has been improving its features and functions according to feedback.
While we are curious about the Galaxy Z3 price and whether Samsung is placing it in competition with the Moto E 2015 or Moto G 2015 for example. If the price point of the device is anywhere close to the Motorola hits of the year, Samsung has a shot at becoming more influential in both the entry-level smartphone market and the mobile operating system market. Have you tried Tizen before? Do you think a global presence of Tizen would be desirable or Samsung should keep its personnel busy on more engineering instead?