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Samsung preps second-generation Z2 smartphone as well as global Tizen mid-ranger for 1H 2015

Tech site Tizen Experts has told us before that Samsung would launch a Tizen Z2 sometime soon, and the site is now confirming the same thing again. A new article published shows the Z2 specs confirmed as having 1GB of random access memory (RAM), a 32-bit, quad-core processor (in contrast to the 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7420 processor the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge), Tizen 3.0, which bears similarities to Samsung’s own SUHD TV user interface (UI), a plane line switching (PLS) thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) with a 960 x 540p screen resolution (quarter HD, as opposed to Quad HD on the Galaxy S6/edge), along with a 2,000mAh battery.

In contrast to these rumored Z2 specs, the Samsung Z1 had a 4-inch, PLS TFT display (same display type as the rumored Z2) with an 800 x 480p screen resolution (versus the 960 x 540p screen resolution rumored in the Z2), 768MB of RAM (as opposed to the 1GB rumored for the Z2), a dual-core processor (as opposed to the quad-core processor of the Z2), and 1,500mAh battery (as opposed to the 2,000mAh battery of the Z2). As can be seen, the Z2 will improve upon the Z1 in a number of ways. We’ll provide more specs as they come in. Ultra Power Saving Mode will return to the Z2 as it did on the Z1.

What’s more exciting than the Samsung Z2 is that Samsung’s inching ever closer to that high-end Tizen contender – and this new evidence is proof. Tizen Experts says that Samsung is preparing a “global” Tizen smartphone for countries such as the US, UK, India, China, France, Russia, EU, Korea, Malaysia, South Asia, and so on. The new global Tizen smartphone will be more of a mid-range contender, however, with a 4.8-inch HD (1280 x 720p) display, an 8MP camera (which we assume is the back camera), a Tizen Store with global availability (as to be expected for a global Tizen smartphone), and a 2,600mAh battery. These specs seem to create a Galaxy Alpha/Galaxy S3 hybrid, the exception being the Tizen OS inside.

At the same time, these specs are not set in stone until we have more official leaks from Samsung (including pictures and spec sheets). As can be seen, the photo shows a “Full HD AMOLED” (1920 x 1080p) display, despite the claim that the Z2 will have a quarter HD display (960 x 540p). This could just be an error, or it could be a sign that Samsung is still brainstorming how to proceed with the Z2. Both the Z2 and the global Tizen smartphone are expected to arrive in the first half of 2015, although arrival dates and times are always subject to change.

We have no name for the mid-range global Tizen smartphone, but we’re sure excited to see what Samsung’s got in store for the worldwide consumer market. If Samsung’s shown us anything in the last year, it’s that Tizen is not a failed experiment – and that, as the company’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge campaign says, “Next is Now.” If not now, when?

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