Press render of Samsung's Tizen-based ZEQ 9000 leaks online

Samsung has been working on a Tizen based smartphone for nearly a year but hasn't launched the device in the market yet. Now, a newly leaked press render complete with product name "ZEQ 9000" suggests that Samsung might be close to launching the smartphone very soon.

According to the report from Korean website MovePlayer which published the image, the ZEQ 9000 will carry the product code SM-Z9000 for the single sim version, and SM-Z9005 for the dual sim version in global markets and SC-03F for Japan's NTT DoCoMo. However, since DoCoMo recently cancelled plans to carry Tizen based smartphones, this information might be a bit old. Currently known specifications of the smartphone include a 4.8 inch screen with WXGA (1280x768) resolution and a 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor.

ZEQ (Zeke) is expected to be a sub-brand similar to the Galaxy and ATIV, as Samsung has filed an application for the brand name in August according to the website.

It was reported recently that Samsung will be holding a press event on February 23 at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona to showcase Tizen-based devices. We can expect to hear more about the ZEQ 9000 at this press event.

Source: MovePlayer via TrustedReviews | Image via MovePlayer

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Based on this screenshot alone, it's hard to give a good strong opinion. It definitely takes inspiration from Microsoft's modern UI, though I find it pretty unattractive. It looks way too busy, and not a fan of the graphic style or colors chosen.

I hope Samsung can improve their Windows Phone selection and stop using it as a way to keep MS happy but not strongly commit to the platform.

Quikboy said,
Based on this screenshot alone, it's hard to give a good strong opinion. It definitely takes inspiration from Microsoft's modern UI, though I find it pretty unattractive. It looks way too busy, and not a fan of the graphic style or colors chosen.

I hope Samsung can improve their Windows Phone selection and stop using it as a way to keep MS happy but not strongly commit to the platform.

Its just a press render. Right?

If you want to see the actually UI, it is on the new Galaxy Note and Tab Pro, only the tiles are bigger. So just imagine that UI on a smaller screen.

Nice! Yes, it draws from Metro, so I'm hoping it pushes Microsoft to update and tangibly improve WP more often. Especially since the low end seems to be where MS does the best.

Even better? I hope they have some good ideas for MS to copy, and that this helps increase acceptance of the Metro styling all around.

Product is doomed...based soley on its name. No one is going to go in and say "I want a ZEQ 9000". I guess their marketing guys hate this phone just as much. All other Manufacturers have come up with simplistic naming, even Samsung's Galaxy S line, why not this new product?

Dont like that physical button. Why cant they get rid of that?

Anyway, Samsung is just betting on this taking off because of the popularity of their Android devices. Whether not it will, who knows....the way they right software for Android devices, I dont expect much though.

-adrian- said,
because iPhone - that's why
Really? iPhone has a physical button...why cant they get ride of it. Especially since Apple has tied nearly 10 functions into one button.

looks like every other samsung but in blue BLUE BLUE BLUE

I don't think most people care what color their phone is these days with cases and the screen being the main visible part while in use

JHBrown said,
Actually I find this version of the "tiled" look much better looking than Microsoft's.

I like how the tiles are not as bright/colorful and its a more mellow look. Tho, I still dont care much for the layout.

techbeck said,

I like how the tiles are not as bright/colorful and its a more mellow look. Tho, I still dont care much for the layout.

I've found the "bright/colorful" look with a minimalist design what makes it mellow. You don't have to use yellow/red/pink/lime green. WP's brown is very mellow.

AsherGZ said,
Well, you also like overpriced Apple products so forgive me but your taste in things is a little questionable.
Overpriced is subjective. Our annual salaries allow us to buy basically whatever we want, money set aside for retirement, and my daughters first 4 years of college is paid for. Questioning someone's taste is questionable in itself.

I'd have to disagree. Microsoft's tiles don't look very good to begin with, but this doesn't even have a flow to it. The colors also look drab and boring. Then again, that seems to be Samsung's style (e.g. Golden Brown tablets...).

JHBrown said,
...

Don't take it personally. I just replied to your foolish comment with a foolish comment of my own. What you do with your money is your choice but personally, if I was making even a million dollar a month, I would never buy an Apple product, because common sense. I can get better features for a third of the price. But a lot of people do buy Apple products, then again there's no shortage of idiot in the world. And using Apple product isn't helping them any.

AsherGZ said,

Don't take it personally. I just replied to your foolish comment with a foolish comment of my own. What you do with your money is your choice but personally, if I was making even a million dollar a month, I would never buy an Apple product, because common sense. I can get better features for a third of the price. But a lot of people do buy Apple products, then again there's no shortage of idiot in the world. And using Apple product isn't helping them any.

So people are idiots if they buy Apple products? Come on man! What do call people like me who buy Apple, Microsoft, and Google products?

AsherGZ said,
Well, you also like overpriced Apple products so forgive me but your taste in things is a little questionable.
Who are you to question anyone tastes?

Have not cared for Samsung hardware since the SG1. After that, they added that center button probably because of lawsuits. Many other OEMs can design a phone without that button and be fine..but Samsung cannot. Phone looks much cleaner without it and it is not really needed.

Nashy said,
No one comments on the hardware? It's like Samsung forgot how to design a phone.
It looks like the rest of their phones, you know, the phones that sell like hotcakes. Don't fix what isn't broke?

You may disagree, but the market has spoken.

techbeck said,
Have not cared for Samsung hardware since the SG1. After that, they added that center button probably because of lawsuits. Many other OEMs can design a phone without that button and be fine..but Samsung cannot. Phone looks much cleaner without it and it is not really needed.

I prefer physical buttons.

MrHumpty said,
It looks like the rest of their phones, you know, the phones that sell like hotcakes. Don't fix what isn't broke?

You may disagree, but the market has spoken.

I know...

MrHumpty said,
It looks like the rest of their phones, you know, the phones that sell like hotcakes. Don't fix what isn't broke?

You may disagree, but the market has spoken.

Which is the exact same words the fanatics said about the iPhone. The iPhone 4 design is the most widely excepted model and every model sonce has been virtually 100% identical. Why fix what ain't broke? Why cant this apply to everyone else? Look, All the Lumia's look pretty much alike too.

Well just the Way Samsung is heading with Android as well And someone wonders why they have a WP phone published. Guess only for further development resources of their own systems

Heartripper said,
Looks like a cheap ripoff of metro
It looks like a different interpretation of the tile layout not going for the metro look. I don't like it, I much prefer the windows phone/8 look/feel. However, I wouldn't call it cheap, just different.

Heartripper said,
Looks like a cheap ripoff of metro
Seriously? Because Metro looks like a rip of the Widgets on Android. For the most part Android Widgets have been resizable since before ICS. But since ICS, many can resized to the exact same way that MS has done theirs. I can use Widgets on my present Galaxy Note and it will look just like Windows Metro, yet Android ICS predates Metro. Care to try again?

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Care to try again?

I think you need to try again.

Since before ICS, so Honeycomb? How about Froyo?


Microsoft officially unveiled the new operating system, Windows Phone 7 Series, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 15, 2010,[2] and revealed additional details at MIX 2010 on March 15, 2010. The final SDK was made available on September 16, 2010

Whereas:

On 20 May 2010, the SDK for Android 2.2 (Froyo, short for frozen yogurt) was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.32.[40]

And if you go and research MS blogs about the evolution of the Metro design language, its roots go back at least as far as Windows Media Center (2005).

Edited by deadonthefloor, Jan 30 2014, 7:38pm :

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Seriously? Because Metro looks like a rip of the Widgets on Android. For the most part Android Widgets have been resizable since before ICS. But since ICS, many can resized to the exact same way that MS has done theirs. I can use Widgets on my present Galaxy Note and it will look just like Windows Metro, yet Android ICS predates Metro. Care to try again?
You are seriously comparing androids widget implementation to the tiles and minimalist nature of metro? You really believe that?

As far as trying again, Metro as a UI design has been around on Zune for a while.