Samsung Z2, company's budget Tizen OS based smartphone was launched in India today. There are several new advancements in Tizen OS 2.4 including Ultra data saving mode which has been ported from its Android counterpart, then there's My Money app which lets you transfer money.
The Z2 has been priced quite aggressively in India, at just Rs. 4590 and it will be available starting August 29 in gold, black, red color options. Online it would be exclusively available on PayTM, offline it would be available through all Samsung retailers. You will also get the Relio Jio 4G preview offer with the Samsung Z2 which includes 90 days unlimited data, voice and SMS.
The Tizen running Z2 would come with WhatsApp and Facebook pre-installed. Coming to specs, it would run on the Spreadtrum SC9830A quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with dual-SIM 4G LTE support, WiFi, GPS and FM Radio. There's a 4-inch WVGA (800x480 pixel) display onboard, 1GB RAM with 8GB internal storage which is expandable with a separate microSD card slot.
Samsung Z2 Key Specifications
- 4.0 inches WVGA Display (480 x 800 pixels, 233 ppi)
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7, Spreadtrum SC9830A Processor
- Tizen OS v2.4
- 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage expandable via microSD card slot
- 5 MP primary camera with LED flash
- VGA front facing camera
- 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM, GPS, Wi-Fi, FM Radio
- 1500 mAh Li-Ion Battery
You get a 5MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash here and a VGA front facing camera for selfies. The major focus here from Samsung is to bring 4G support to the masses at a cheaper price point which they can do with their own OS but not Android. Then again, there is a major app-gap as deep as a chasm between the two platforms.
The Tizen based Samsung Z3 surprisingly did well in India but last time around there weren't many budget options in the Android smartphone space. At this pricing now, you really can't complain much about the affordable Z2. Tizen has done well in Asia for Samsung and we have been hearing about a flagship of sorts in the making which would bring the platform neck to neck with the Android running Galaxy J series. But for now, its just being focused on budget devices atleast on the smartphone side.