Samsung to bring smartphone with own operating system

South Korean mobile giant Samsung is set to premiere its Tizen operating system in the country next month by way of the low-priced Z1 smartphone.

“The smartphone market in Bangladesh is rapidly evolving, but many users are still using feature phones to remain connected. We have customised the Samsung Z1 to meet the unique requirements of Bangladeshi users, so they can easily upgrade to a smartphone,” said Choon Soo Moon, managing director of Samsung Bangladesh.

The local customisations were developed by Samsung Research & Development Institute Bangladesh.

“We expect that the users will accept the Samsung Z1 for its ease of use and clutter-free experience — the localised content will be an added bonus.”

Z1, which launched in India early this month, is the first handset model to come loaded with Samsung’s own operating system, developed ground up to rival Google Inc’s Android platform.

The dual SIM device, manufactured at Samsung’s state-of-the-art facility in Vietnam, is powered by a 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, 768 megabyte of RAM and 4 gigabyte of internal memory expandable up to 64GB.

It also features a four-inch display, 3.1 megapixel rear and front camera and 1,500 mAh battery.

The research and development institute started off in early 2011 with more than a hundred people. Now, it employs over 500 top engineers, who develop software for mobile devices marketed in Asia, Africa and Australia.