Samsung’s new smartphone to run on Tizen instead of Android

In a bid to reduce reliance on Gogle’s Android software, giant smartphone maker Samsung on Monday unveiled its first smartphone powered by Tizen, the open-source operating system (OS) it has been working for some time now.

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The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference to be held this week in San Francisco, the United States, the South Korean company said in a statement.

The device will feature a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1,280-x-720), a 2.3GHz quad core processor, an 8MP rear camera and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 16 GB of memory, and can support up to 64 GB.

Much like the Galaxy S5, the Samsung Z also will pack a built-in fingerprint sensor along with a feature called “Ultra Power Saving Mode,” which allows the device to stay on, even when the battery is low.

The tech behemoth said that the phone is optimized with the Tizen software, Tizen 2.2.1 which will offer a faster startup time and immediate multi-tasking capabilities.

Tizen has been the OS of Samsung’s smartwatches, but has yet to be on any tablet or smartphone.

The smartphone, available in either black or gold, will be released in the third quarter of this year in Russia before expanding to other markets in an unannounced time frame.

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