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Samsung Z2 Is A £52 4G-Enabled Tizen Smartphone

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IN PICTURES: Samsung targets Indian market with content, connectivity and affordability with Z2 Tizen smartphone

Tizen is alive it seems. Samsung is releasing a third smartphone running the mobile operating system in India and this time it has added 4G connectivity and local content in a bid to encourage more feature phone users to buy smartphones.

The Korean manufacturer is the most high profile backer of the open source Tizen OS and originally envisioned it as a way of reducing dependency on Google’s Android, but this vision has been diluted somewhat.

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Samsung Z2 6Tizen has been used in a number of Samsung smartwatches and two previous handsets, also released in India. The company has also used Tizen in its smart TV range.

The four-inch Samsung Z2 is competitively priced at 4,590 Rupees (£52) and is [powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory that can be supplemented by a MicroSD card of up to 128GB.

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It supports dual SIMs, has an ultra power saving mode and a data saving feature that uses up to 40 percent less data by blocking background activity and compressing packets.

Other concessions to the local market include content from Jio applications, a money transfer app, and a dedicated S Bike mode that will help improve the safety of cyclists.

“Samsung Z2 makes 4G accessible and relevant to the unique needs of feature phone users and first time smartphone buyers,” boasted Manu Sharma, head of Samsung’s Indian mobile business. 2It brings consumers a fast and affordable mobile internet experience that will democratize 4G usage in the country.”

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