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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.
IFA is happening next month. That’s a tradeshow in Berlin that is akin to America CES and just like CES, Samsung is organising one of its specialty “Unpacked” events at IFA. While previously there were only teasers of what Samsung will unpack next month at IFA, some eager beavers have managed to extract some revealing information from the Samsung Unpacked teaser app developed for Android devices.
Inside the app, a tipster found three logos that suggest Samsung will launch three new products — two tablets and a Bada smartphone.
The two new tablets — the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet and the Galaxy Note — is expected to run Honeycomb and obviously the Tab 7.7 will have a 7.7-inch screen and could be a possible replacement for the long running but still popular Galaxy Tab 7. The Galaxy Note on the other hand, is not as straight forward to decipher. We’re all assuming it will be a tablet (based on the name) but nothing much is known about the device — a tablet with a stylus perhaps?
Then there’s the Wave 3. Wave is Samsung brand of phone that runs its in-house developed OS called Bada. So this new Wave smartphone will most likely be running the latest edition of the Bada OS.
The specifications and form-factor of these devices are still unknown but Samsung urges users to update the app on September 1, which is when its grand unveiling is scheduled.
If you want to keep up with the latest developments about the Samsung Unpacked event, download the Samsung Mobile Unpacked app on your Android (Android Market link here) and Honeycomb (Android Market link here) device. There’s also one customised specifically for the the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Android Market link here)
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.
And in other news, Samsung has sold over 1 million Waves in Europe just four months after the device made it’s debut in that market.
There are some things that’s done very well with the bada platform and the Wave but we felt that it’s competitors offer a more polished experience.
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.
After having a go at the original Wave S8500, we still have our reservations on the bada platform developed by Samsung. There’s nothing wrong with the hardware but the bada OS, although brilliant in some aspects, fell short in most others making it a bit of a hit and miss affair.
With Android being ever present and the iPhone being annoyingly ubiquitous, it’s difficult for us to recommend the bada over the others. Samsung still has a long way to go but at least they are heading in the right direction.
Having covered the high-end segment with the Wave S8500, Samsung brings into the market an entry-level bada device of sorts.
The Samsung Wave 723 brings with it a 3.2in 400×200 LCD screen. Connectivity comes in the form of WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and 7.2Mbps HSDPA. There’s also 5MP camera (presumably of the same quality as on the high-end Wave) with flash, and although it does video, it doesn’t do it in 720p. There’s 90MB of on-board memory and that’s pretty much it.
No word on pricing, processor and much else but we’re expecting it to be at least RM300 cheaper than the high-end Wave with a processor speed of somewhere around 600Mhz or so.
We have to say that this Wave 723 is not really something we’re terribly excited about but it does look much better compared to the Wave S8500.
The Wave 723 will make its debut in Germany this September and will be introduced gradually into other markets including the SEA. Look out for it first here.
(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.
UPDATE:: Read up our Samsung Wave S8500 Review.
Samsung’s first smartphone running its proprietary OS, the Wave S8500 will hit Malaysian stores this week. There’s nothing new to report about the Samsung Wave running the bada mobile OS accept for the retail price, which is around RM1700.
That’s pretty good value for money considering the fact that you get a 3.3in Super AMOLED screen (800 x 480), a 1GHz processor that runs the same ARM Cortex A8 core as Apple’s A4 processor and a 5MP camera with LED flash that has face and smile detection along with blink activation. The Wave also packs aGPS, WiFi n along with an accelerometer and a proximity sensor all wrapped in a thin unibody chassis. There’s 2GB of on board memory with support for up to 32GB storage in MicroSD.
On top of that, the Wave records HD video in 720p and plays back DivX, Xvid, MP4 and WMV in virtual 5.1 surround sound but we’re not a fan of it’s edgy design. On the software side, the bada OS sports a unified contacts list, an integrated inbox and a social networking hub that combines some of the major social networking sites into one screen.
As the natural optimists that we are, we can’t seem to find the need for another mobile OS in the smartphone marketplace but Samsung seems convinced that they’ve got something different compared to the rest. The makers of bada claim that the OS will make smartphones more accessible.
We are certainly looking for to that.
Video of the bada OS UI in action avter the jump.
Analysts from UBM TechInsights have revealed a surprising discovery. They’ve found out that Apple’s claimed proprietary 1GHz A4 processor features very much the same ARM CORTEX A8 core found in Samsung’s S5PC110A01 application processor used in the recently released Samsung Wave S8500. The same processor will also run Samsung’s Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S.
Apple’s A4 processor is currently running its tremendously popular iPad and soon the company recently announced iPhone 4. Incidentally Samsung manufacturers the A4 for Apple and the S5PC110A01 processor for itself.
With a Samsung processors at the heart of two of the world’s most prolific mobile devices, what we can take out of this is that Samsung is the global leader in wireless and mobile applications processor manufacturing.
What it also means is that with roughly the same processor running three different devices with three different operating systems and varying specifications, it would be very interesting to see how they stack up against one another.
Now we’re wondering what did Steve Jobs mean when at the WWDC10 keynote he said that the A4 designed by Apple’s own team. Hmm.
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.