A report has indicated that Samsung is in the process of testing the Galaxy S5 hardware with its Tizen software instead of Android. There’s no official word out on the matter, but news about some test units having been shipped to India has arrived, giving fire to the speculation.
Samsung, if you recall, already has a Tizen-based phone called the Z in the pipeline for later this year. This device however, comes equipped with mid-range specifications. If the South Korean giant feels the need to introduce the Tizen software through a high-end handset, the Galaxy S5 is its best bet.
This is part of the reason that speculation about the said smartphone having been infused with the new operating system hasn’t surprised many. Zauba, the Indian site dedicated towards listing imported and exported products has talked about at device named ‘Samsung Galaxy S5 Tizen Test Phone,’ of which 3 units have been brought into the country according to it.
Here’s a neat look at the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5:
– Display: 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED
– Processor: 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 OR Exynos 5 Octa 5422 (depending on market)
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage options (128GB expandability)
– Camera: 16MP rear, 2MP front
– OS: Android KitKat 4.4
– Dimensions: 72.5mm x 142mm x 8.1mm
– Weight: 145gm
– Battery: 2800mAh
Tizen is a Linux-based operating system which has been developed by its makers in conjunction with Samsung and Intel. The former recently also released its Gear smartwatches which feature the said OS, and is now ready to push the Z smartphone into the market soon.
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But will the Samsung Galaxy S5 be the next to follow? We’ll have to wait and watch what how well the first handset is received to decide whether the company will go for a second one.