Samsung updates the Wave with the Wave II

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.