Prolific leaker @evleaks tweeted an image of what could be Samsung’s first Tizen-based device. The device leaked by @evleaks is codenamed SM-Z9005, which we’ve already seen on video, and if press renders ousted earlier today are any indication, the device could carry the ZEQ 9000 name. In addition, Korean site MovePlayer published images of a device with the ZEQ 9000 branding, which might as well turn out to be the first Tizen-based Samsung device. The South Korean manufacturer is said to be considering two variants of the device, a single SIM offering bearing a model number SM-Z9000 and a dual-SIM version with a model number SM-Z9005.
The design of the device is said to be similar to that of the Galaxy S4, as can be seen from the screenshot above. The UI shown in the screenshot is also similar to that of the Tizen 2.1 UI that was leaked a few months ago. The ZEQ 9000 is said to feature a 4.8-inch 720p screen along with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Intel is also a Tizen collaborator, so it is likely that we will see Samsung-branded Tizen hardware running Intel’s Merrifield platform.` Samsung is said to be demoing a few Tizen handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Samsung was originally scheduled to launch a Tizen device late last year, but those plans were shelved until the first quarter of 2014. So it is possible that the ZEQ 9000 device could launch sometime by the end of the first quarter.