Alleged Tizen-Powered Flagship, Samsung Z9, Spotted On Zauba

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Samsung is expected to unveil the Samsung Z2 Tizen-powered smartphone tomorrow – August 23 – during a launch event in India, and apparently the aforementioned device might eventually be followed by another model in the Z series, also powered by Tizen OS. The device is identified by model number "SM-Z930F" which will likely translate to a "Samsung Z9" retail moniker, and was shipped to India last week for R&D and evaluation purposes. It was spotted in the database of the import-export tracking website Zauba, and several clues suggest that the device could fit in the higher-end market segment.

Samsung's in-house Tizen operating system initially aimed to become an alternative to Android OS on high-end smartphones, but over the years the platform switched gears and repurposed itself for the emerging smartphone market. Today Tizen OS continues to grow in these markets, and the next Tizen-powered smartphone expected to hit the stage in India will be the Samsung Z2; a budget-friendly smartphone with lower-end hardware specifications. But interestingly enough, one of Zauba's latest database entries suggests that Samsung might be working on a higher-end Tizen-powered smartphone labeled as "SM-Z930F". Zauba didn't reveal any details regarding the phone's specifications – not even the size of the display which is usually mentioned in Zauba's entries – but the model number hints at higher-end components and furthermore, Zauba values the phone's price per unit at 30,792 Indian Rupees which is several times higher than the value attributed to the Samsung Z2.

As a point of reference, the Samsung Z2 should be equipped with a 4-inch AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a quad-core CPU clocked at frequencies of 1.5 GHz per core, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD, a 5-megapixel primary camera, a 2,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM capabilities, and 4G LTE plus VoLTE support. Judging by the model number alone the alleged Samsung Z9 should have more to offer, spec-wise, but as yet details are missing and it's unlikely that the phone will be revealed tomorrow. Nevertheless, assuming that the mysterious SM-Z930F / Z9 will fit in a higher market segment, there's also the question of whether Samsung will push the device in more countries and into Europe.

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