Samsung has today finally announced its very first Tizen powered smartphone, the Samsung Z. Headed to Russia in Q3 2014 before expanding to other markets, the Samsung Z marries decent sounding hardware with features – both hardware and software – seen elsewhere on its Galaxy Android powered devices.

Powering the show is a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot. The Samsung Z houses a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution, an 8MP rear camera, 2600mAh battery and Tizen 2.2.1. The fingerprint scanner first seen on the Galaxy S5 makes an appearance as does S Health 3.0, Ultra Power Saving mode and Download Booster. Oh, and it also comes in gold.

Apps will be taken care of by way of the Tizen Store and to help get things kickstarted Samsung says there will be localized app challenges and special promotions for the first year. The phone will be on display at this weeks Tizen Developer Conference, and from what we can see so far it looks like a union of some of Samsung's Android/Touchwiz software features translated over to the new platform.

So now it's here, what do we think to it?

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Seoul, Korea, June 2, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform. The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco from June 3rd.

Built on top of unparalleled quality and the cutting-edge technology of Samsung's latest premium smartphone, the Samsung Z is optimized with a Tizen platform that offers fast and powerful software performance. Complete with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor, the Samsung Z makes the perfect choice for consumers who want a differentiated user experience in an efficient and light-weight smartphone.

"Samsung is committed to enhancing the mobile experience of consumers with innovation that is both personal and unique to their needs," said DJ Lee, President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing Office, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "The Samsung Z integrates the power and adaptability of the Tizen platform, enabling users to browse the web faster and utilize applications more effectively."

Quick and Efficient The Tizen platform delivers a fast, optimal performance with improved memory management. The Tizen-based Samsung Z offers a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities, The Samsung Z fully supports superb 2D and 3D graphic qualities, smoother scrolling and an improved rendering performance for web browsing. Users will also be able to enjoy safe and secure privacy protection using the built-in fingerprint sensor.

An Ultra Power Saving Mode lets the phone stay operational even at minimal battery levels in emergencies.

Tailored For Smarter Living The Samsung Z features a distinctive home and application layout, for easy access to favorite features and apps. Using Dynamic Box and Color Theme settings, users can tailor their device to what suits them best.

The external design of the Samsung Z also offers a completely new look. The device features a slim, angular design with sophisticated lines, providing a differentiated look and feel while maintaining Samsung's overall design identity. The Samsung Z will be available in two refined colors: Black and Gold.

The Samsung Z will be available in Q3 in Russia and is planned to expand to other markets. Users will be offered to access additional applications through the Tizen Store at the launch of the Samsung Z. In order to celebrate the launch the world's first Tizen smartphone and to encourage more developers to join, the Tizen Store will provide a special promotional program to all developers for one year. Furthermore, Samsung plans to host a Tizen local app challenges in Russia and CIS countries to enrich the Tizen eco-system at the launch of the device.