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Tizen-based Samsung Z1 phone set for 2016 sequel, report says

Samsung is preparing an update to the first phone running off the homegrown Tizen operating system, a new report has claimed.

SamMobile sources say a 2016 version of the Samsung Z1, announced way back in January 2015, is in the works.

While details are extremely thin on the ground, the site says it may have an AMOLED update, a la the Samsung Z3 released towards the end of last year.

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Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Z1

In a hands-on review posted in March, the Z1 was found to have all the design hallmarks of a modest Samsung Galaxy phone.

The entry-level 4-inch (800 x 480) handset was aimed at entry-level markets, cost only £60 and only offered 3G connectivity.

It included a removable 1500mAh battery, dual-SIM capabilities as well as microSD support.

Samsung’s entry-level Android phones have always suffered from being a little sluggish, but you just don’t get that with the Z1,” our reviewer wrote at the time.

After a lot of bluster and speculation it might seek to usurp Android, Samsung has generally veered away from using Tizen on its smartphones and tablets, especially in western territories.

Instead the OS has become the go-to software for its smartwatches and fitness trackers, while it also offers the base for the company’s smart televisions.

Whether a new and improved Z1 could represent a change in tack from the Korean firm remains to be seen.

Would you be up for a taste of Tizen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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