ZTE Geek U988S

ZTE is reportedly ready to show off a phone running the Samsung- and Intel-backed Tizen OS at Mobile World Congress next month.

The phone in question is the ZTE Geek smartphone, which the company has shown off several times before. The first time ZTE showed off the Geek was as a showcase of Android running on an Intel chipset. More recently the phone was shown off with an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor inside to show off the power of that chip. The rumored ZTE Geek running Tizen won’t be a powerhouse phone, however.

The rumored Tizen handset is rumored to have a 5-inch 720p display, and 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1MP front-facing camera, and just 8GB of internal storage. As you’d expect given the OS on the rumored phone, it will have an Intel processor.

Tizen was never meant to compete in the high-end of the smartphone market, however. Samsung’s OS is meant for low-end to mid-range phones. The platform is perfect for carrier’s looking to issue their own branded smartphones on a platform that can control more directly than Android. Tizen is more meant for emerging markets than markets where devices like the Galaxy S4 are commonplace.

There were recent rumors that Samsung and Google were working with partners to bring Tizen to Mobile World Congress this year, but it’s not clear if those will come true. If the rumors are correct, the ZTE Geek will be one of a selection of new Tizen phones shown at the event. One of many Tizen phones most of us will never see in person and will probably never hear about again when the Barcelona trade show is over.

Are you interested to see what Samsung and its partners are doing with Tizen?

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