A Detailed Look At Tizen on Samsung’s First Prototype Device

Tizen just hit the 1.0 release last week (codenamed Larkspur), and at the Tizen Conference I’ve had the chance to play with the prototype device that Samsung has been handing out to developers to test their applications. Its basically a super large screen device, (4.65 inch my guess is about 4.3-4.7″ inches, 1280 x 720p HD Super AMOLED) that’s running on an 1.2 Ghz dual core A9 chip, with 1 GB of RAM. There’s also an 8 MP camera. In some cases it contains a cellular radio, while some device are WIFI only. There’s no word on what clock speed are they running at, or the the size of battery that’s inside.

A Detailed Look At Tizen on Samsung's First Prototype Device

While it is a reference design, it still gives us an idea of what the Tizen UI will look like and the core functionality that will come with it. We’ve already known that Tizen has an excellent HTML5 browser that bests everything currently on the market. After playing with the phone, we now know that it is heavily inspired from what Samsung’s been doing with TouchWiz. There’s a pulldown notification area just like Android, there are WIFI, Bluetooth toggles etc just like on Touch Wiz, multiple homescreens and so on. More importantly, there’s support for tethering out of the box, there’s also support for Google, Facebook and Twitter accounts out of the box so that you can sync your contacts nicely. There even seem to be push notifications for activity on Facebook etc, although I haven’t seen it in action.  Next, there’s support for services like Picassa, YouTube to aid in uploading content.

I spent some time with the device and captured my initial impressions as I went though the process of exploring the new OS. The following 7 minute video should give you a fair idea of what to expect on Tizen.

Again, this was a reference device and the load times, speed of operation etc does in no way represent what a real-world Tizen phone would be capable of.

If you are looking for pictures of the prototype device our friends at Tizen Talk have a few. What do you think of Tizen?

104 thoughts on “A Detailed Look At Tizen on Samsung’s First Prototype Device”

  1. Of course the browser in an unreleased future phone should best everything on the market, but since Tizen is using the Mac browser core like everybody else, I highly doubt that is the case.

  2. Whats the point? What’s the purpose of Tizen? To have an alternative, so they are not so dependent on Google and Android? To screw Google?

  3. How can you write this: “Tizen has an excellent HTML5 browser that bests everything currently on the market.”;

    And then say this: “this was a reference device and the load times, speed of operation etc does in no way represent what a real-world Tizen phone would be capable of.”

  4. Please let the final phone have a hardware keyboard! I’ll start camping in front of the store the very same moment it is announced.

  5. One of the worst UI I ever seen…

    Samsung confirm that they aren’t capable to do a decent UI.

  6. Well, must say that after trying a crappy, undeveloped and useless OS like bada, I must say that this is a good move. The Samsung guys are actually just a bunch of useless people, who like to sell crappy software with superb hardware, and when the time comes,it leaves its user to keep calling its dismal, annoying and totally shit customer service. I know that words in my comment are very harsh and not up to the professional level, but please do release, so that users know that buying from samsung is the biggest mistake they can do.

    People, my suggestion, go bite the “apple” or get your personal “android”, coz bada is a complete waste of time and money. It will never grow, because the ones who made it left it for dead coz they were busy making money by selling high end android phone. Frankly, what can you expect from a korean company with mindless heads?

    So, samsung, I forgive you. And by the power vested in me, I now proclam you douche and moronic. You may now kiss my ass.

    NOTE : Pun intended whereever found. 😀

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