The first Tizen phone to be officially released by Samsung is the Samsung Z
. But something many people may not know is that Samsung previously designed another Tizen phone, dubbed Samsung ZeQ
. This product was never released, however. Samsung eventually shut down the project for unknown reasons.
The ZeQ model was planned for release by Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, but Samsung apparently sought approval by the FCC for a possible U.S. release. The FCC has released information on this application only now, 6 months after the original submission, and as a result we have photos of this unreleased phone.
If you take a look at the gallery above, you will notice a device that looks quite similar to the Galaxy line of devices. Looking much like the Galaxy S4, it has the same plastic case construction as all recent Galaxy devices. The specs were mid-range for the time in which it was to go to market: a 4.8 inch display with 720p resolution, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, LTE and a 2600 mAh battery. Maybe the fact that the device offered almost the same appearance as other Samsung phones was the reason why Samsung and DoCoMo decided to close the project. Or maybe it was that Tizen really wasn't ready to compete in the marketplace.
The Samsung Z (the last image in the gallery above), even though it offers somewhat similar specs, has a different design line compared to the Galaxy devices.