Samsung has gone ahead and officially unveiled the Z3 running their home-baked Tizen OS. The Samsung Z3 itself is a particularly decent phone, packing a 5 inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.3GHz quad core processor, and 8GB of storage. But with Tizen app ecosystem that”s nowhere near the level of Android, iOS, or even Windows Phone to speak of, why does this phone exist?
Of course, the reason there’s even a Z3 is because of the success of the Z1, which sold surprisingly well thanks largely to its inexpensive pricing. The Samsung Tizen Z3 is following up on this strategy as well, retailing at INR 8,490 or roughly Php5.8k after straight conversion.
Still, those specs would have been put to better use if it had run Android itself. Tizen has a long way to go if it has any plans of competing with either Android or iOS. Heck, it’ll be a long while before it can even compete with Windows Phones. And to be honest, who needs a 4th smartphone platform anyway?
Quite frankly, any phone running Tizen is a feature phone at best, as a smartphone is only as good as the apps installed on it. That’s not to say that won’t change in the future as Samsung is likely to push developers into developing apps for the platform and will likely offer an incentive or compensation plan for them to do so. For now though? The Samsung Tizen Z3 gets a pass from me.
Samsung Z3 Specs
- 5″ HD Super AMOLED display (720 x 1280 resolution, 294ppi)
- 1.3GHz quad core processor
- Tizen OS
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
- 8mp autofocus rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash
- 5mp front camera with f/2.2 aperture
- Dual SIM/dual standby
- 2,600mAh battery
- Price: INR 8490 (roughly Php5,8k after straight conversion)