Samsung introduces first Tizen phone for 4G networks

Samsung has announced that they will begin selling a Tizen-powered smartphone that works on 4G networks in some countries.

The new Samsung Z2 will offer a 4-inch screen and comes running Samsung’s own mobile operating system, known as Tizen.

The Z2’s big selling point is that it’s the first Tizen phone to support 4G networks. However, it offers substantially less impressive hardware specs than the Z3, released in late 2015.

The Korean electronics giant is hoping to reduce their dependence on Google’s Android. The company already makes and sells a number of fitness bands and smart watches that run the Tizen operating system, an open-sourced OS based on the Linux kernal.

While some Tizen phones have made their way to the United States, they remain more of a curiosity than a serious option. And yet, the possibility remains that Samsung might one day attempt to break free of Google’s chains in a more meaningful way.

Priced at only about $69, the entry-level Z2 will debut in India first and may roll out into other developing markets. It sports a 5 megapixel camera, a 1500 mAh battery, and comes with 8 GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 128 GB.

The device goes on sale August 29 and will be available in three color options — black, gold and “wine” red.

If you’re in the U.S. and want to get a taste of Tizen, stay tuned for the upcoming launch of the Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch.

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