Samsung Z3 Review | Tizen Phone Fails To Impress
Ten months after the launch of the low-cost Z1, Samsung held a launch event for its successor, the Z3. The device aims to make a mark in the low-end of the market, with a price of Rs. 8,490. The Samsung Z3 will be a ‘Make in India’ phone, and will go on sale via offline retail channels as well as Snapdeal.
The Z3’s primary difference is that it, in fact, does not run on Android – it runs on Tizen, Samsung’s proprietary mobile OS. The downside here being that you are unable to use Android apps, and Tizen is an extremely nascent mobile OS, and doesn’t have much app support.
The Samsung Z3 Review looks a lot like a typical Samsung smartphone – down to the oval-shaped home button. The volume buttons are on the left, power button on the right, and the phone is slimmer than its predecessor and has a bigger screen – 5 inches.
The internals have been upgraded too – the 5 inch 1280×720 screen, a 1.3Ghz quad core Spreadtrum SC7730S SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with expansion support through MicroSD, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5MP front camera, and a replaceable 2600mAh battery. Although the specs sound half decent, the phone does tend to lag when multitasking. Also Read – iPhone 7
The Z3 has to Micro-SIM slots and is the first Samsung phone to run Tizen 2.4 – a revision over the Tizen 2.3 that the Z1 shipped with. The UI is very basic and simple, with a static interface with circular app icons. All options are found under ‘Settings’, and you can find the usual basic toggles for Bluetooth, torch, Wi-Fi and other things in the notification try.
The camera seems to be quite average, as it is with most budget smartphones. It offers an f/2.2 aperture and also shoots HD video, but quality leaves a lot to be desired. The app has features like Panorama, Beauty Shot, Dream Shot, HDR, Night Mode, and Continuous Shot. A double tap on the home screen launches the camera app.
It’s hard to figure out where exactly Samsung wants to sell the Z3. When Xiaomi is selling the much-superior RedMi 2 for Rs.7,000 and their Mi4i going for Rs.10,000 recently, it’s hard to see how Samsung expects to ship any phones with a Rs.8,490 price tag for these mediocre specs and a poor user experience. This phone looks to be dead in the water.