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In what could mark a gradual move away from Google Android OSSamsung finally announced its first “commercially available” open source OS Tizen-based phone, the Samsung Z. After many delays, the phone manufacturer will formally show off the device at the San Francisco Tizen Developer’s Conference this week.

Tizen is a Linux based open-source, flexible operating system that companies can build upon to offer a unique user experience to its users. Samsung has been working on the in-house customization of the OS for some time now in a bid for differentiation and greater control. The UI is said to have a distinctive home and application layout for easy access to favourite features and apps. The Dynamic Box and Color Theme settings allow users to customize the look of the phone to what they best like.

In terms of build, the Samsung Z is light-weight with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor that runs 2D and 3D graphics, an 8 megapixel rear cam and 2.1 megapixel front cam. You wont find their signature round-edged slab-like design either. The Samsung Z is angular and slim with a leather-patterned back that comes in black and gold.

The external design of the Samsung Z also offers a completely new look. The device features a slim, angular design with sophisticated lines, providing a differentiated look and feel while maintaining Samsung’s overall design identity. 

Samsung said the Samsung Z offers a faster startup time, immediate multi-tasking capabilities, smoother scrolling, improved rendering performance for web browsing, and safe and secure privacy protection using the built-in fingerprint sensor.

For reasons unknown, the phone will first launch in Russia in the third quarter and then make its way to other international markets.