After significant delays, Samsung's first Tizen smartphone has made its debut. Dubbed the Z1, the device will go on sale in India later today for Rs. 5,700 ($90). To incentivize the purchase of the Z1 over Android handsets available at a similar price, Samsung is bundling a host of entertainment services in a package called "Joy Box", which allows users access to over 270,000 songs, movies, and over 80 live TV shows.
In terms of the hardware, the Z1 comes with a 4-inch WVGA TFT display, 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 768MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot up to 64 GB, 3.1 MP camera at the back, VGA front shooter, dual-SIM connectivity, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1,500 mAh battery. The device is certainly underwhelming when it comes to the spec sheet, but Samsung claims that the "lightweight" Tizen OS would run without any issues on the hardware on offer. With the Z1, Samsung is looking to lure in customers with attractive content deals.
Customers in India will receive a three-month subscription to popular music service Hungama, which has a catalog of over two million songs. Samsung is also bundling a three-month subscription to live TV services nexGTv and Box TV, through which customers will be able to access over 7000 Bollywood and Hollywood movies as well as their favorite TV shows. The phone also comes with an SOS alert feature that sends out a help message to a user's contacts upon pressing the power button four times. With the feature, a user's contact will be able to track the device's location to provide assistance. The Z1 even has a built-in antivirus utility that regularly checks the device for any malicious content.
Users on carriers Reliance and Airtel will receive 500 MB of 3G data a month up to 6 months on purchase of the handset. The Z1 will be available in black, white and red color variations, and is set to go on sale later today. What do you guys think of Samsung's first Tizen device?