Samsung GT-i8800 pictures surface, could this be one of the first Samsung Tizen devices?

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With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, it’s clear that Samsung and Google are committed to working together, but that doesn’t mean the relationship is perfect. For Google, Samsung having too much power in the Android world could be potentially worrisome. For Samsung, it’s about not putting all your eggs in one basket.

Right now Android is pretty much Samsung’s sole focus in the mobile world, though it also has a small presence in the Windows Phone and Windows 8 (tablet) marketplace. Samsung wants to change this, and that’s why it is preparing its first Tizen devices for release sometime later this year. What do we actually know about Samsung’s first commercial Tizen phone(s)? Nothing official yet. That said, we do know of two different Samsung models that run the Tizen OS.

Yesterday, a Samsung user agent profile leaked for a Tizen model called the GT-i8805. The web code associated with it mentions LTE support, a 720p display, an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Tizen 2.1.

Today we are also getting a look at what is allegedly the Samsung GT-I8800 Redwood, first spotted by Greek Tizen Community. This phone also runs Tizen 2.1, and features Samsung goodies like S-Voice and S-Beam.

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From what we are hearing, the pictured model will be given away at the on-going Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco to 500+ developers. As you can see, the Redwood follows a design pattern that’s pretty close to the company’s existing Android devices. Right now, it is still unclear whether this will actually be a commercial handset, or simply a developer device.

Excited for Tizen, or do you think that Samsung should continue to keep its focus on its very successful Android devices?

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