Samsung Wave, the first bada smartphone

Samsung has launched the flagship smartphone running on its new open-source operating system, bada.


The Wave is a monolith of a smartphone, packing a high-speed Qualcomm 1Ghz processor, 3.3-inch next-gen AMOLED touch-screen, and 12-megapixel camera capable of recording high-definition video at 720p.


Like its predecessor, the i8910HD, the Wave is a media-centric device with a video player supporting DivX and Xvid, common file formats for compressing high quality digital video, and support for surround sound speakers.


Its 'super' AMOLED touch-screen packs next-gen AMOLED on-cell technology, which enables a thinner display so that the LEDs are closer to surface, resulting in a brighter screen with almost no light reflection in daylight.


An updated TouchWiz 3.0 skins the Wave, offering up to ten homescreens customisable with TouchWiz widgets including world clocks, calendars and news. You can now also call or text a contact simply by swiping left or right on their profile card.


The feature Samsung is flagging up though, is Social Hub, which integrates your contacts, messages and calendars.


An integrated contact list pulls together your phonebook, social networks and emails, including history of all interactions, your friends' status updates, and recent pictures of them.


Emails and messages from social networks stream into a single so-called Ultimate Inbox, while Push Calendar is an incredibly useful feature that integrates appointments from Facebook, Google Calednar and Yahoo. There's also a cool event creation feature that allows you to invite friends direct from the screen, from your phonebook. You can check their replies from the calendar itself.


The Wave comes in 2GB and 8GB variants, and is also one of the first phones to support the new (and roughly eight times faster) Bluetooth 3.0.


Samsung head of mobile communication JK Shin said Samsung is committed to making smartphones available for everyone, describing the Wave as the flagship device for a series of smartphones in 2010 that would 'democratize the smartphone era'.


You'll be able to download apps for bada from Samsung's new app store, Samsung Apps, launched last year in France, UK and Italy, with over 50 more countries to be added this year. 

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