While Samsung is actively churning out Android devices, that doesn’t mean they are abandoning its home grown bada platform. Recently Samsung’s Wave 3 & Wave Y were spotted on IMCC, an online retailer with a price tag of RM999 and RM419 respectively. Both models run on bada 2.0 OS.
At first glance, the Wave 3 & Wave Y looks like a “bada”-ised version of the Galaxy W and Galaxy Y. Apart from its similar price tag, the Wave models are actually a notch higher than the Galaxy equivalent in terms of hardware.
The Samsung Wave 3 comes with a familiar 1.4GHz single core processor and 4GB of internal storage that’s expandable through micro SD. On the front, you get a larger 4.0″ Super AMOLED display that pushes 800×480 pixels resolution. In terms of imaging, it comes with a 5MP camera that does 720p HD videos and a front facing VGA camera. The Wave 3 is 9.9mm thin and comes with uni-body brushed aluminium design for a more upmarket feel. You can check out more angles of the device in the video below.
The Samsung Wave Y is a lower entry version into Bada OS and it runs on 832MHz processor and 150MB of internal storage which is expandable also with micro SD. In terms of display, the Wave Y comes with a 3.2″ TFT which does a decent 480×320 resolution. Over at the back, there’s a 2.0MP camera
Wondering how does the bada experience looks like? Head after the break for demo video on the Wave 3.
When Samsung embarked on the bada project, we questioned what is the big idea behind introducing yet another mobile OS into an already crowded mobile market. Is the investment in terms of resources and money worth it to bring returns to Samsung. As it is their mobile division have already got their hands full with Android and Windows Phone 7 devices.
Well it turns out, the logic behind bada is value. We remember reviewing the original Wave and was amazed at the bevy high-end stuff like a stunning 3.3in Super AMOLED and a very capable 5 megapixel camera, and at a very enticing RM1,799 outright. Feature-for-feature, the original Wave was, and probably still is, the most bang-for-the-buck smartphone in the market.
The bada platform was developed to bring smartphones to the masses and deliver affordable performance to more people in more markets. Let’s face it, whether you like or not, the day will come when every mobile phone produced in the world will be a smartphone, so looking at that, Samsung has their sights fixed on the right target.
It’s good that Samsung has a head start in this affordable smartphone segment but we’re not sure how the bada platform is much of differentiation from Android’s open source approach because we can see that Android has brought the price point of smartphones down a tad as well. Whatever it is, affordable smartphones are something everyone can smile about.
This month Samsung brings into the market a series of affordable Wave phones and we get the lowdown on what’s coming up.
The Samsung Wave II features a display with a name that’s quite a mouthful. They call it the Super Clear LCD TFT display which is Samsung’s alternative to Super AMOLED. As you might already know, Super AMOLED is in short supply and most manufacturers had to resort to Super LCDs manufactured by Sony.
When we saw a comparison of Sony’s Super LCD vs AMOLED, there’s a slight disadvantage which is barely noticable when looked sideways. So how does this Super Clear LCD TFT fare against Samsung’s top of the range Super AMOLED? Mobile Review had a brief hands on to compare it against 3 devices – Samsung Galaxy S, Nokia N8 and the Samsung Wave.
Surprisingly the Super Clear LCD TFT did pretty well as shown above. We’re not too sure how does it look like in an actual hands on but the comparison photo clearly shows its superiority.
Check out more comparison photos at Mobile Review.
When Samsung announced the Wave, and with that the bada platform, the questions running in our minds were, does the world need another mobile OS? As it is, Palm has already been sold and after years of success in the business world, the makers of BlackBerry, RIM are still finding it tremendously difficult to make any headway in the non-business consumer market. Android and iPhone are the current top picks when it comes to smartphones, and whatever Samsung are going to bring to the table with the bada OS, it had better be stupendously good.
Read on to find out, if the Samsung Wave and bada is worth your attention and more importantly, you hard earned cash.
(Update 04092010) The full review is up. Click here to view.
We’ll be reviewing the Samsung Wave over the weekend, do let us know if you have any questions about the phone.
Just as important as the hardware, we’ll be looking into the bada OS and with it, Samsung’s promise to make smartphone affordable for all.
Keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com to find out.
We’ve got word that Samsung’s very own mobile OS – bada – will make it’s Malaysian debut sometime in June. We’re not sure if the OS launch will be accompanied by a device launch but we’ll be sure to look out for the latest development on that.
If you don’t already know, Samsung is also eyeing the lucrative mobile OS market with its own OS called bada.
The Samsung bada is an open source OS that will be the basis of Samsung’s “smartphone for everyone” objective. Samsung says the bada OS will not compete with existing smartphone platforms but instead provide cost-effective smartphones for everyone.
Ermm…we’re not sure if they’ve heard of Android.
Currently there’s only one device that supports bada – the Samsung Wave S8500. The specs of the Wave look impressive with a 3.3in Super AMOLED screen (800 x 480), 1GHz processor and a 5MP camera with flash all wraped in a unibody chassis. The edgy design looks dated in our oppion but the proof is in eating the pudding, so we’ll reserve our final judgement when and if we do get our hands on one.
And if you’re wondering, bada actually means ocean in Korean.
You can read all about the OS here.
There’s a video demo of the bada OS after the jump. We feel it looks like a mishmash of Android and iPhone OS. The UI runs smooth but the look isn’t as polished as either one. And take a look at minute 1:18 onwards, what’s up with using CDs as icon for its media library? Nobody uses those discs anymore.