Samsung is reportedly gearing up to unveil its second-ever Tizen-powered smartphone, the Samsung Z2. The Z1, its predecessor, was a low-end device priced under $100 that launched in India as a competitor to Google’s Android One smartphones, Xiaomi, and other local manufacturers. Here’s everything we know about the Z2 so far. Tizen phones aren’t designed to compete with the Galaxy S7 phones of the world, so don’t expect too much from the Z2.
The first rumors came from PhoneHorn, and listed the Z2’s specs as including a 4.5-inch AMOLED display that’s powered by a quad-core CPU. It will have 1GB of RAM, a 2,000mAh battery, and will run Tizen 3.0. It will support 4G and VoLTE. SamMobile published some additional specs, and a little more detail, about what it believes the Z2 will feature. It states the screen will measure 4-inches and have an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, and feature LCD technology, not AMOLED. Previously, there were other reports saying the screen size will be 4-inches, not 4.5, so we’ll have to wait to see which is right. A 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM may provide the power, with 8GB of storage space, and a small 1,500mAh battery.
This time, it’s Tizen 2.4 that’s supposed to be installed. Finally, a 5-megapixel camera is likely to be found on the rear, and a basic VGA cam on the front. We’ve been treated to some beautiful Samsung Android phones in 2016, so there’s no reason not to expect a Tizen phone to visually impress too. Techweez managed to get a few photographs at the rumored Z2 at the global Galaxy Note 7 unpacked event. With thick bezels and a square rear camera, the smartphone looks like a beefier variant of the Galaxy S7. Samsung was expected to announce the Z2 on Thursday August 11 at an event in India, according to PhoneHorn, alongside the Galaxy Note 7 and the Samsung A9 Pro, but that didn’t happen. The cost seems to be lower than its predecessor at 4,499 rupees, or $67. There are rumors of an October launch date, meaning August 11 could end up being nothing or just the announcement of the device.
Countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka are expected to be the Z2’s primary markets, but the device is also expected to launch in select African and Middle Eastern markets. This is it for now, stay tuned for further updates.