Details about Samsung's Android-less smartphone called Samsung Z3 had already hit the web earlier this month. A new report now suggests that its LTE-capable sibling has just passed through the United States' Federal Communication Commission (FCC), hinting an upcoming US release.
When the Samsung Z1 was launched in January, one of its most interesting features is its operating system. The device is powered by the South Korean tech giant's in-house Tizen OS. Samsung is apparently following it up with the new Z3, its fellow Tizen-run successor.
A few weeks ago, a Samsung Z3 device with model number SM-Z300H received a certification from the FCC. Now, Samsung-focused tech site SamMobile reports that another model, SM-Z300F, has also been certified by the agency. The main difference between the two models is that the latter support 4G LTE networks, along with other connectivity features such as includes GSM, W-CDMA 850/1900, LTE Band 5, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The upcoming Samsung handset was previously reported to be a dual-SIM device with a 5-inch HD display with 720p resolution, an improvement over the Z1's 480 x 800 resolution. It will come with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 1.5GB worth of RAM.
On the photography front, the Tizen-based phone is said to sport an 8-megapixel main camera at the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. However, the recent FCC listing oddly lists the 4G LTE SM-Z300F model with only 1,500mAh while the SM-Z300H model was previously reported to have a larger 2,600mAh battery.
For Samsung fans who are wondering how the device will look like, SamMobile has also shared a leaked photo of the unannounced smartphone earlier this month. In the photo below, the Samsung Z3 is shown next to a Z1. Users can clearly see how the younger models compares to its predecessor's 4-inch display.
The Z3 looks comparable to other models that most users are accustomed to today in terms of size. When it comes to design, it seem that the Z3 has taken notes from the Samsung Galaxy S3's design manual. While the Z1 offered Tizen version 2.3 out of the box, the Samsung Z3 is expected to run Tizen 3.0 at launch.
The Samsung Z1 was initially targeted at emerging markets such as India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, apart from its native South Korea. The new Samsung Z3 will likely be offered to the same markets but it is also rumored to arrive to European countries.
It remains to be seen when the device maker will bring it to North America. If the report about the device's visit to the FCC's database proves to be accurate, then it will indeed come to the US. Moreover, if Samsung sticks to its timeframe for the Z1, then the Samsung Z3 can be predicted to arrive during the first quarter of 2016.