First look at a Tizen tablet prototype

One of the first tablets running the Tizen operating system is set to launch in Japan later this year. While it’s still very much a work in progress, the folks at Tizen Indonesia got a chance to check out a prototype and see how the Linux-based operating system looks on the upcoming 10 inch tablet.

tizen tablet

Tizen is a Linux-based operating system backed by Intel and Samsung. It’s designed for a wide range of mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even in-vehicle systems.

The tablet comes from a Japanese company by the name of Systena, or Shisutena, depending on which spelling you like better. It features a 10 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

It has 802.11n WiFi, a 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera.

At this point, the prototype is running Tizen 2.0, and the software doesn’t look much different from what you’d find on a phone-sized device. The apps, menus, and icons are all just much, much larger (and animations are a bit sluggish).

Hopefully developers will spend some time optimizing the user interface and performance before the tablet launches.

Tizen Indonesia says Systena plans to get Tizen 2.1 up and running on the tablet, and that at least initially it will be selling the device to developers rather than the general public.

via Tizen Experts

  • beomagi

    Sluggish screen updates. May be a hard sell.

    • CyberGusa

      Maybe but it’s not final version and like the article states they plan to sell this to developers first and have it further developed before pushing it for the consumer market.

  • FanlessTech

    Good to see Tizen alive and well! There’s room for it on mobile devices, and even on the desktop (wishful thinking).


    Why Tizen? Why not just go with an existing distro of Linux and start creating applications specifically designed for phones and tablets? Control, thats why. Samsung has found its money pit.

    • glue

      Control has many faces. Quality Control is one. That’s why Google did Android in the first place.
      Samsung needs to make sure the GUI rather than the CLI is the best and only option for configurations. In Tizen, this is expressed in how systemd, ConnMan, and E17 are used together along with everything else. Sound, Video, OpenGL… It all has to work flawless and automatically for every device and user just like it does in Android.
      Add to that their need for a single approch to package management and an app store and you’re left with a whole system worth of needs that lead to making your own distribution.

  • greg S

    I know its early to say this but its just so darn ugly.. And what’s with the enormous font sizes?