A picture of Samsung’s first Tizen-powered smartphone appears to have leaked onto the internet.
The above image apparently shows the Samsung ZEQ9000, or the Zeke to give the phone its likely proper name. It’s a 4.8-inch smartphone running on Samsung’s own Tizen OS.
According to Korean website moveplayer.net, where the leaked image was first featured, the Zeke will feature a 4.8-inch 720p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz. It could come in single and dual-SIM variants.
Of course, it's quite possible that this image is not the real deal, but it certainly appears to fit with Samsung’s design philosophy. The OS it’s running, too, appears to match the Tizen 2.1 screenshots that were leaked last month.
Tizen appears to crib a few design ideas from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS, with a similarly clean 'Live Tile' approach. It represents the first signs of a break-away from Samsung's hugely successful partnership with Google.
As we reported last week, Samsung has confirmed that its first Tizen offerings have been further delayed. Originally planned for a 2013 showing, the Zeke was then lined up for launch in the first half of 2014, raising the possibility of an MWC 2014 reveal at the end of February.
The likelihood of that happening now appears to have diminished considerably.
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