Samsung’s response to Jolla just saw the light of the day. Simply dubbed as Samsung Z, the Korean giant is readying up to release its all new, Tizen-powered smartphone in … duh, late this year. The phone, however, will be demonstrated at the ongoing Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Seemingly though, Nokia wasn’t the only guy who was in trouble to get things done in time. Samsung, on the other hand, delayed the project for couple of years. Japan’s tech giant, NTT DoCoMo, too, dropped the ailing Tizen-Phone prototype for devoid of fan base. Nevertheless, the Japanese carrier still supports the Tizen Foundation.
Let’s dig into the phone …
Hardware wise, the Samsung Z, follows the legacy of Galaxy SIII but with few tweaks add-up. The Z sports a 720p 4.8 inches AMOLED display, powered by a turgid, quad core 2.3 GHz CPU, directly from Intel. Also, 2GBs of RAM, 8 MegaPixel rear-shooter along with a 2.1 MP front facing camera are some other features crammed into the Z.
The phone itself looks ridiculously like its Galaxy counterparts especially with the rear faux leather cover.
Mayhem for you if you’re into it since Samsung is entering health section by generalizing heart-rate sensors across its devices. There is however, a finger print scanner just for your privacy … that is.
Tizen OS, with Meego pedigree, tries to deliver the excellence of the Nokia N9 but I’m afraid it ends up being DoA.
What makes Tizen’s success dubious is how obnoxiously it feels. MeeGo was born with a unique, forward-looking mantra that then was embodied by the award plowing N9. To that end, Tizen simply stinks. Naturally, Tizen is a mixture of Bada, sure-removing TouchWiz, Android and surprisingly WindowsPhone.
Surely, there are no sumptuous experiences of swipes. Android compatibility isn’t ready either. That’s a far cry from what Jolla pundits have done with Sailfish OS.
As I previously mentioned, Tizen OS is a montage of couple of OS’s including WP. In the main screen you have couple of live-tiles, or Dynamic Boxes as Samsung says, that are resizable. You can relocate them as well. A top to bottom swipe will unearth that overused Android style toggle-bar. Don’t hope so high, there’s a physical home key, just unlike the button-less Jolla.
You can be, fairly however, encomiastic about Sailfish OS with its undeniably gorgeous UI.
If you search every nook and cranny of Tizen OS, still, you’ll vote for Sailfish OS. That’s pretty much hell of an artwork from a startup to surpass the world’s largest phone-maker in terms of creativity.
Apart from immature web-app based Tizen, the Samsung Z is slightly superior to Jolla if you take the internals into account. And from that perspective, should Jolla gear up faster to unearth the next flagship? Let’ see.