Samsung appears to be focusing on budget and mid-range smartphones to strengthen its hold in emerging and price-conscious markets, as it is planning to come out with upgraded version of some of its popular handsets, including the 2016 version of the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. Now, it has emerged Samsung Z1 (2016) is in the offing.
The South Korean technology giant released the Tizen-powered budget smartphone Samsung Z1 early last year with a price tag of Rs 5,700. What made the handset unique was it ran Samsung's own Tizen operating system. Now, SamMobile has reported Samsung Z1 (2016) is in the making with the model number SM-Z150, and could sport an AMOLED display.
Samsung has released its flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but that's not all. It is expected to bring out the Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) by June, and the Galaxy Note 6 in August. So, Samsung Z1 (2016) could make a quiet entry into the market in the first half of this year.
The original Samsung Z1 was launched in January 2015 with the Tizen operating system that is seen in Samsung televisions, cameras and wearable devices. The homemade OS is not as popular as Google's Android or Apple's iOS, but it did catch the attention of the public. Samsung Z1 sports a 4-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen with 480x800 pixel (233ppi pixel density) resolution, and measures 120.4x63.2x9.7mm in dimension.
Under the hood, the budget smartphone has a 1.2GHz dual core Speedtrum SC7727S processor, 4GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD card, 768MB RAM, a 3.15MP main camera with LED flash, geo-tagging and face-detection features, a VGA front-snapper and a 1,500mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, GPS and microUSB v2.0.