Does the world really need another smart phone platform? Samsung hopes to blind our skepticism with the Wave, the first device based on its open bada OS. Just announced at Mobile World Congress, this handset boasts a dazzling 3.3-inch touchscreen powered by Super AMOLED technology and TouchWiz 3.0, the latest version of Samsung’s custom user interface.
The AMOLED tech behind the 3.3-inch (800 x 480) display promises to provide a brighter and crisper picture with less reflections than current phone displays. So it should serve as a gorgeous canvas for Samsung’s new TouchWiz 3.0 interface. This UI improves on previous versions by adding customizable menus and home screens. So, one could make the music player easily accessible from the home screen. Or, taking a cue, perhaps, from MOTOBLUR, users also have the option of making their social networking tools– Twitter, Facebook, IM– easily accessible from the home screen. More details and photos after the jump.
Spec-wise, the phone has a fast 1-GHz processor, and is designed to run on GSM networks. It also packs 802.11n Wi-Fi radio and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity (both firsts), a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, 720p movie recording, DivX support, 2GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Our biggest question about the Wave is how good the Samsung Apps application store is. It promises games,
navigation, social networking, e-book, health and lifestyle applications, but we’re not sure how many developers will want to write for a single manufacturer (that’s not Apple).
The Wave will be available globally in April. Of course, no word on pricing until we learn which carrier will sell it. For now, check out the gallery of shots below, and stay tuned for some hands-on photos, video, and first impressions.
Samsung Wave (S8500) / Product Specifications
Network: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (WCDMA/ HSPA) : 900/2100 MHz
Audio: Music Player with SoundAlive, Music Recognition, Music Recommendation,
DISK UI, 3.5mm Ear Jack, FM Radio / Recording
Display: 3.3” WVGA (800×480) Super AMOLED with mDNIe
Camera: 5.0 Megapixel camera w/ LED Flash, AF
Face/Blink Detection, Lomo Shot, Vintage Shot, Beauty Shot,
Smile Shot, Panorama Shot, Geo-tagging, Image Editor
Video: HD(720p) video playing & recording, 5.1ch Mobile Theater
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, XviD Video Editor
Connectivity: Bluetooth technology v 3.0
USB v2.0 (Full -Speed)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Dimensions: 118 x 56 x 10.9 mm
2GB/8GB + microSD (Up to 32GB)
(Standard) Li-Ion, 1,500 mAh
Value Added Features: Integrated Messaging ‘Social Hub’
Samsung Apps (*Availability of Samsung Apps differs by country)
TouchWiz 3.0 w/Integrated phonebook, Voice & Motion UI
Dolfin Browser 2.0 / One Finger Zoom (up to x10)
A-GPS, On/off Board Navigation(3D Map), LBS
SMS / MMS / Email / Video Messaging / Exchange ActiveSync
Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, GeoMagnetic Sensor
BPP(Basic Printing Profile), OPP(Object Push Profile),
PictBridge (USB Printing), Offline & No SIM Mode, Voice Command,
RSS Reader, Communities & Mobile Widgets