Samsung appears to be quietly testing a mysterious new smartphone that could run on the company’s Tizen operating system.
The listing shows the phone being imported to Samsung’s research and development facilities in India. Intriguingly, it is described as having variants specific to Russia, the UK, and France – suggesting a limited regional launch.
Details on the unknown device recently surfaced on Zauba, a website that tracks India’s import and export database. An entry was spotted for a phone labeled “SM-Z910F“, with Samsung’s “SM-Z” prefix hinting at a Tizen-powered device.
Samsung has not officially confirmed the SM-Z910F or provided any details. But the model number and shipping information point to it being a new Tizen phone that Samsung is developing under the radar.
Tizen is the open-source operating system that Samsung launched in 2012 as an alternative to Android. But Samsung has struggled to gain momentum for Tizen in the face of Android and iOS’s dominance.
Apps and developer support have been scant on the platform. Samsung has repeatedly delayed the launch of Tizen phones amid reported development struggles.
However, Samsung executives have hinted in recent interviews that the next Tizen phone would see a restricted launch targeting certain countries. This mirrors the apparent Russia/UK/France focus for the SM-Z910F.
With the limited rollout, Samsung may be positioning the mysterious device as a pilot experiment rather than a major flagship phone. This would allow it to gauge real-world reception for Tizen without high sales expectations.
Specific details on the SM-Z910F’s specs remain unknown. But the model number suggests it could be a sequel to 2017’s Tizen-based Samsung Z4 smartphone.
The arrival of the SM-Z910F, even in limited quantities, shows that Samsung remains committed to continuing innovation around Tizen. But with its restricted launch, the phone is unlikely to be the Tizen breakthrough that Samsung has long sought.
For now, tech enthusiasts will be watching closely to see if this shadowy Tizen phone materializes or remains confined to development sites like those in India. Either way, it represents Samsung’s stubborn persistence as the company keeps searching for an Android alternative.