Samsung unwraps first Tizen phone

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Samsung unwraps first Tizen phone

Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of mobile devices using Google’s Android software, will release its first smartphone using the Tizen operating system about a year later than planned.

The Samsung Z will be available in Russia in the third quarter before expanding to other markets, Samsung said yesterday. The device will have a 4.8-inch screen and be shown at the Tizen developer conference in San Francisco tomorrow.

Tizen, which is being developed with companies including Intel and Vodafone Group is an open-source alternative to Android. Asia’s biggest technology company previously said its first phone using the platform would be released by the end of September 2013 as it seeks to spark consumer demand amid slowing shipment growth and competition from cheaper Chinese producers.

“Samsung is trying to do anything to fill in the gaps in the third quarter, but I don’t think the Tizen phone will give a big boost to Samsung’s overall smartphone sales,” Lee Do Hoon, an analyst at CIMB Group Holdings in Seoul, said by phone. “The release of the new phone is nothing more than symbolic as it’s at a very early stage.”

The new device enters a smartphone market where global growth is expected to slow to 6.2 percent in 2018 from 19 percent this year, research firm IDC said in February.

The Samsung Z in black and gold will feature a high-definition screen, 2.3 gigahertz quad-core processor and a fingerprint sensor, the company said. The company unveiled two wristwatches using Tizen in February.


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