Despite their success with the Android platform, Samsung looks set to continue with its own Bada operating system, as the manufacturer uses Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to unveil the latest addition to the family. The Samsung Wave 578 stand-out feature is the embedded Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity which enables you to swipe your phone at participating shops to make a payment, pay transfer fares, read tags or get mobile coupons direct on the handset.
However, the Samsung Wave 578 is bundled with a host of other features including Wi-Fi, HSDPA, and a social networking service that syncs all your news feeds from Facebook and Twitter. Users can download a variety of apps from the integrated Samsung Apps store, while the inclusion of text input technology QuickType by t9 Trace is said to boost up your typing speed, making it two to three times faster than standard typing.
The Samsung Wave 578 will be available from May.
Size: 107.9 x 54.9 x 12.5mmWeight: 99.8gDisplay: 3.2-inch WQVGA TFT LCDOS: Bada v2.0Connectivity: HSDPA, Wi-Fi, NFCTalktime: 410 minutes (3G)Standby time: 500 hours (3G)