Last year, Samsung was set to launch Tizen devices, but in Q4 it was revealed that the Tizen launch will maybe be later this year. NTT DoCoMo, which was set to be the first seller of this new devices, declared that there were unfinished tests yet made and so the launch will be delayed. While no official launch date is available for the device, it has been confirmed that Samsung will showcase a few Tizen devices at the Mobile World Congress next month.
This delay might be caused by the big rivalry between Qualcomm and Samsung. Qualcomm is known as the leader on mobile SoC market, being the only one manufacturer that has LTE in-built in its SoC offerings. (Samsung also uses Qualcomm hardware on Galaxy handsets for LTE markets).
Intel, an important contributor in the Tizen Association ( with almost 36 members ) wants to launch its LTE-enabled Merrifield SoC. It seems that the debut will have place at MWC. Merrifield is based on Intel’s Silvermont architecture. The.The SM-Z9005 device was originally rumored to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC, but that might not be feasible as Qualcomm is one of Intel’s main rivals in this segment.
The time for Intel’s launch isn’t precise yet, while Samsung may launch it’s product on February 23rd at MWC. It seems that Qualcomm will have a pretty important company in 2014 in the SoC market.
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