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Exclusive: First look at Samsung’s low-end Tizen interface, more details on SM-Z130H

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Last updated: November 18th, 2014 at 00:17 UTC+02:00

Two months ago, SamMobile spilled beans on Samsung’s upcoming low-end Tizen device (SM-Z130H), but at that time we only had a few details about the device. A week ago, the device’s User Agent Profile (UAProf) went online on Samsung’s website, which confirmed a few details we leaked earlier. Today, we have received new information about the device, and have also received a system dump of Tizen 2.3 OS from the device.

Internally, SM-Z130H is codenamed KIRAN. We aren’t aware of the official name just yet. KIRAN sports a WVGA (800×480) TFT LCD display panel, a dual-core Spreadtrum SC7727S CPU with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, ARM Mali-400 GPU clocked at 460.8MHz, 512MB RAM, 3.2 megapixel main camera sensor with an LED flash, and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera.

Connectivity-wise, the device features Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct, and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and syncing the device. The device has dual SIM support, and also features an FM radio as well. KIRAN packs an accelerometer too — the only sensor available on the device.

Now let’s talk about the software. Thanks to the system dump, we were able to extract icons, lockscreen themes, and the default wallpaper; check them out in the gallery below. As you can clearly see, Samsung is making Tizen’s UI look a lot like its TouchWiz interface on Android. Samsung has also ported some special features from Android to Tizen including Private Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode. Facebook, Twitter, and a few Google services and applications will come pre-loaded on the device as well. And, knowing Samsung, it will make sure that top applications make their way towards Tizen.

Based on the information we have received, KIRAN is an entry-level device with low-end hardware. Initially, the device will only come to India; information on other markets is currently unknown. KIRAN is Samsung’s answer to Google’s Android One initiative, and it will definitely be a hard sell for the Korean giant.

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