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Mobile World Congress 2014 Preview: Tizen OS Expected To Be Demoed At MWC W/ Geek Smartphone; Polish Blog Leaks Plans Of Tizen For Barcelona Tech Event

By Staff Writer | January 23, 2014 12:18 PM EST

Mobile World Congress 2014 preview: Tizen OS, the in-house operating system being developed by Samsung and chip maker Intel, may finally have its debut at the Mobile World Congress this February in Barcelona, Spain.

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According to Digital Trends, the ZTE Geek smartphone has been employed for the past year as a test mule several times for the new mobile OS. A polish Tizen blog who leaked the plans of the Tizen Association, it reported that the new operating system will be showcased at the event on the ZTE Geek Smartphone.

The ZTE Geek Smartphone’s purpose as a testing unit for the Tizen was first announced in April 2013, at an Intel Developer Forum. Back then, it was running an Intel Clover Trail + Chip. In September, we saw it again. Digital Trends notes that this time, it had the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor under the hood.

A Tizen Indonesia blog claims that the ZTE Geek smartphone that will be used for the demo is the v975, which is the model number related to the device with an Intel processor. The Intel-powered unit doesn’t have the most up-to-date hardware, Digital Trends notes. Specs of it include a 5-inch 720P display, 8 megapixel rear camera, 8GB of internal memory and 1MP video call lens above the screen.

Reports about the possible Tizen show-off right before Christmas suggest that Samsung and Intel would announce the ZTE Geek smartphone with the OS power inside a week before Mobile World Congress. It’s unclear though if Tizen enthusiasts will see other devices with the OS.

If in case the rumors and speculations are true that the ZTE Geek smartphone will be finally shared to the world as a Tizen-powered unit, it’s a big step for what Digital Trends called an “endlessly delayed OS,” which up to now has only been seen outside the developer community.

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