Samsung’s Z1, its first to-market Tizen smartphone has been a success in its launch market of India. So that the ground covered so far is not lost, Samsung is said to be hard at work on the successor to the Z1, the Samsung Z2. According to Chinese Tizen news site TizenCafe, the device is expected to be announced and go on sale sometime in the second half of the year.
Also in development and expected to launch at the same time and be available in Samsung’s key markets across the globe is another unnamed Tizen smartphone which will see Tizen move from being just the go-to operating system for Samsung’s smart televisions and digital cameras being sold in every corner of the world but also be accessible to more people on mobile. The device is expected to feature among other specifications, a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display, 2 GB RAM, 2600 mAh battery, 8 MP camera as well as access to the global Tizen store.
The expected successor of the Z1 on the other hand is expected to offer several key upgrades like 1 GB RAM (up from 768 MB), 540 x 960 pixel display (up from the current 480 x 800 pixels) and a 2000 mAh battery (the Z1 has 1500 mAh).
It is not clear at this point exactly which markets Samsung will target with the Z2 but it could follow in the footsteps of the Z1 by launching in key emerging markets while the beefier global Tizen smartphone does the globe-trotting. We also expect Samsung to maintain the Z series’ low price point.