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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)
The update Wave II features a larger 3.7in Super LCD screen with 800×480 pixel resolution along with an updated bada OS bringing in push notifications and better social network integration. We’re happy to note that the bada update also includes a new T9 input called T9 Trace (think of it as bada’s equivalent to Android’s Swype).
Other than that, the internals of the Wave II is identical to the original Wave with a very capable 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera with LED flash capable of taking 720p video and 2GB of on-board memory.
So while we wait for the Wave II to make its debut here in Malaysia, take a look of this official live demo video done by Samsung to demonstrate some of the features of the device. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab video demo, Samsung claims that the Wave II video has “no graphic effects” as well.
Head on to after the jump to view the video.
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.
Samsung has just unveiled an update for the Wave dubbed the Wave II. The Samsung Wave is the device manufacturer’s showcase smartphone to highlight it’s proprietary bada mobile OS. We reviewed the original Wave S8500 earlier and was torn between very good hardware and a platform that still needs some work to be on par with what iPhone and Android has to offer.
The update Wave II features a larger 3.7in Super LCD screen with 800×480 pixel resolution, readers will recall that we note that the narrower 3.3in Super AMOLED screen on the original Wave made the device too narrow for our manly hands, so hopefully the larger 3.7 will make it nicer to hold.
Samsung has also update its bada OS and although details on what kind of improvements have been included in the new version of bada is scarce, we’re happy to note that it now has a new T9 input called Trace (think of it as bada’s equivalent to Android’s Swype).
Other than that, the internals of the Wave II is identical to the original Wave with a very capable 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera with LED flash capable of taking 720 HD video and 2GB of on board memory.
The Wave II retails for EU429 or about RM1,800 which is roughly the same as the original Wave. No details on when the Wave II will be coming to Malaysia is available at the moment.
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.
The just released Samsung Galaxy S could be company’s bestselling mobile phone ever. In under 10 days, Samsung sold over 200,000 units of the 1GHz Android powered Galaxy S in Korea alone since it was launched on June 24.
Then again, this might not be a big deal considering the iPhone 4 sold close to 2 million units within the first three days of its in-store debut.
Back in Malaysia, we don’t have the official sales numbers for the Galaxy S at the moment but we were told that its close cousin, the Samsung Wave, is currently flying off the shelves with the first batch being all sold out.
Despite having very little hands on time with the Samsung Galaxy S during its launch last month, we find that there is a lot to like about the device. So much so that we would dare go as far as recommending the Galaxy S over the iPhone 4.
Yeap, you’ve read that right, we’d rather get the Samsung Galaxy S over the iPhone 4.
(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.