The long rumoured Samsung Z1 aka Kiran is reportedly making its India debut next month.
Tizen powered Samsung Z1 was supposed to get launched in early December in India, but for reasons unknown it got delayed.
Now, The Korea Economic Daily citing Samsung official confirmed that the new Z1 will be unveiled on 18 January for less than 100,000 Won (around ₹5,750/$91/€80).
The company will reportedly release the Z1 in China in February and in the home market by the end of 2015.
It is learnt that the upcoming Samsung Z1 is an answer to take on the emerging start-up company, Xiaomi which has become formidable rival within a short span of time. Early this year, it overtook Samsung as the top smartphone maker in China and has made considerable inroads in India with budget phones, (to name a few –Mi3, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note) and this has reportedly pushed Xiaomi to the World's Top 5 smartphone makers chart. That's a remarkable achivement considering Xiaomi began operation less than five years ago.
Besides taking on Xiaomi, Samsung's Z1 which is powered by Tizen is company's first step towards parting ways with Android ecosystem, but it all depends how well the new phone is received by the sub-continent public.
As for specifications, it is said to sport 4.0-inch WVGA screen and ship with dual-core CPU, 512MB RAM, 3.2-megapixel camera, and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) snapper on the front.
Leaked specifications of Samsung Z1 aka Kiran:
|Model||Samsung Z1 aka Kiran (SM-Z130H)|
|Display||4.0-inch WVGA TFT LCD screen with 800x480p resolutions|
|Processor||1.2GHz Dual-core Spreadtrum CPU(chipset: SC7727S)|
|GPU||460 MHz ARM Mali-400 GPU|
|Camera||Main: 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flashFront: 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera|
|Add-ons||Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct, and a micro-USB 2.0|
|Expected price||100,000 Won (around $91/€80/₹5,750)|