Samsung has been making great devices on the mobile front over the past year. That's stating the obvious, of course, since Samsung is now the leading phone maker in the world.
The Galaxy series on Android has a phone in every specification and every size you can imagine, while the Korean manufacturer also has its ATIV series on Windows Phone 8.
So what else is Samsung up to? About three years ago, Samsung announced its very own Tizen mobile operating system concept.
Last week, the Korean's announced its Samsung Z, the world's first consumer Tizen smartphone.
So let's look at the less important part of the Samsung Z, its technical specifications. It has a 4.8-inch screen, with only 1,280x720 pixels. The Z has an un-branded 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with an expanded slot. It has an eight-megapixel camera along with a selfie camera up front. It supports LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a fingerprint sensor.
That just shows us that the Samsung Z has the ability to run almost everything thrown at it, and is a decent smartphone, hardware-wise.
Now, on to the more important part, the phone's operating system.
Tizen is based on an open-source system just like Android with its Linux roots. Going to a new operating system is always alienating. I feel like I've picked up a strange device when I hold an iPhone, or when I use Nokia's MeeGo, an obsolete OS.
So Tizen will be no different; it will be an alien device. However, it seems like Samsung has gone ahead and make it look very similar to Android. It includes features such as Samsung's Download Booster "S Health" and a power-saving mode.
What's going to make Tizen good that we already know about, is that it's open source as mentioned earlier, and it is an HTML5-based operating system. This is great because HTML5 runs on any format or size. This means more linear and slick web applications and better native support for video or YouTube. Tizen also supports 64-bit processors, which is something Android has yet to have done.
Windows 8 Phones are good. They have great hardware, super smooth, amazing camera, great build quality. However, it's falling behind greatly because of the application ecosystem (no multi-tasking aside).
To help stock its application store, Samsung had a Tizen app challenge in 2013, giving out something like US$4 million ($5.2 million) to 64 winners who had to create native Tizen applications and HTML5-based applications.