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People walk behind a glass window bearing the logo of Samsung Electronics at the company's headquarters in Seoul November 6, 2009. Reuters/Choi Bu-Seok

Apparently, Samsung is banking on its refined Linux-based OS Tizen, with it recently unveiled Tizen-based Z1 smartphone in India. The Samsung Z1 is reportedly priced at INR 5,700 that roughly translates to as low as $92. Notably, the Z1 is the first Tizen OS-powered smartphone in the country.

Moving on to the key Samsung Z1 specifications, the handset reportedly features a pocket-friendly 4.0-inch WVGA display and 480 x 800 pixels screen resolution. On the hardware end, the device is powered by a Spreadtrum SC7727S chip with a dual-core processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz and Mali 400 GPU takes care of the graphics department. The device is apparently backed by an inferior 768 MB of RAM. As mentioned earlier, the handset runs on Samsung's Tizen OS v2.3, notes GSM Arena.

When it comes to design, Tech2 points out the Z1 looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Star series of handsets. But then, the plastic body of the handset reportedly comes with a metallic finish covering the sides. The site also notes that for the sub-$100 price range, the device's display is quite sharp and bright. Nonetheless, this handset is not without its flaws. The device is reportedly prone to smudges on the display and thereby, making it harder to read when the viewing angle is not straight.

As far as memory specification goes, the smartphone comes equipped with a modest 4 GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card support for expansion up to 64 GB. Speaking of camera configuration, there is a 3.1-MP rear-facing unit and a VGA snapper at the front for selfies. The phone reportedly supports dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G connectivity but not 4G LTE. Moreover, Samsung will offer this handset in white, black and wine red hues. Lastly, the Samsung Z1 comes powered by 1,500 mAh battery unit.

Other features include a built-in antivirus protection, Samsung's now-famous Ultra Power Saving Mode seen in many high-end handsets to extend the battery life and other freebies like music and 3G data specific to India. GSM Arena says the Z1 has the capability to send SOS alerts to a contact by just pressing the power button four times in succession.

Speaking of apps, Samsung has apparently promised a Tizen app store; however, the company has not confirmed the date yet. Nevertheless, the handset will run all the Android apps with the help of the integrated Android app support for Tizen OS, says Tech2. Moreover, there is no official word from the tech giant on the Samsung Z1 release date outside India.

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