Vodafone offers Samsung Wave on pre-order

It's been in the public domain for some time now, indeed we did a hands-on way back in February and already have a review online. But as yet, the Samsung Wave has not made it to the shelves of the UK's phone shops. Well, the wait is almost over, with a launch date of 1st June 2010 confirmed by Vodafone, which is now taking pre-orders for the handset.

As we mentioned last week, the phone uses Samsung's own Bada operating system, with the development kit for the OS now available to download. On the plus side, that should mean apps aplenty later in the year. But on the downside, original apps might be thin on the ground in the early days of the handset. All the basics will be covered though - Facebook, Twitter, gaming, you know the kind of thing.

Away from the apps, the Samsung Wave handset is certainly a tasty piece of kit, well worth a look if you fancy a high-end touchscreen. In terms of features, it has a super-sharp 3.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, using Samsung’s HD TV technology to deliver crisp, rich images out and about. There's also a 1Ghz processor in there, a five-megapixel camera which can record and playback high-definition video, 2GB of internal memory, a microSD slot for expansion, A-GPS and support for Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity. Plenty of customisation options too for that screen, along with a Social Hub to integrate SMS, IM and your favourite social networks into on place.

You can pre-order the Samsung Wave via Vodafone right now, available for free on a £25, 24 month price plan, including 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of mobile data. If that doesn't appeal, go see your local Vodafone seller for other contract options.

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