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 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