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Samsung Reference Design Tizen Device Spotted, Caught on Camera (Video)

Tizen OS has been getting a lot of press this year, since everyone is looking for that other OS to be famous, aside from Android, iOS and Windows Phone. BlackBerry OS doesn’t even count anymore, while Bada has been getting a lot of sales over the past years. Now Tizen is back in the news, through a leak that shows a Samsung prototype running this platform.

Tizen is a Linux-based open source platform that has just reached version 1.0 for its source code and SDK release. Tizen Talk found the phone you see here at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco and said that a bunch of companies are using the device to demo their products. The handset is made by Samsung, with the photo you see above being taken at the booth of the South Korean company. This reference design gizmo uses an ARM-based 1.2 GHz dual core CPU, a 4.3 inch display with a 1024 x 720 pixel resolution and what looks like a bulky case.

Sprint recently announced that it will be the first North American carrier to join the Tizen initiative and the list of partners is becoming really impressive, with the likes of Orange, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, Intel and Samsung also being part of the project. I’m curious if Tizen and Bada will fuse in the Samsung portofolio, or if they’ll give up Bada in favour of this OS. Hands on experience with their prototype below: