With Windows Mobile, webOS
, BlackBerry OS and iPhone OS dominating the smartphone scene, you might think that yet another mobile platform would just be overkill. But not if you're Samsung
. The company has unveiled its first major Bada
-based phone (the Wave) at Mobile World Congress in Spain, and aside from bringing a new face to the smartphone OS wars, it also has a few other "firsts" for consumers who love the cutting edge.
Reportedly, it's the first smartphone that is equipped with both Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Connectivity hounds should certainly appreciate that, and movie lovers will be able to get their kicks on the 3.3" Super AMOLED display, which has a 800x480 resolution. Samsung is also including their mDNIe technology for improving the movie watching experience, and the 5.0MP camera (with LED Flash, AF support, geo-tagging and more) can record 720p movies when it's not snapping images.
Other specifications include a full multi-media player (with DiVX and Xvid support), Samsung Apps store, the TouchWiz 3.0 interface, a Dolfin Browser (v2.0), A-GPS, on/off board navigation, a proximity sensor, offline/no SIM modes, USB 2.0 port, 2GB/8GB of storage, a microSD slot and 3G bands for Europe. It also has a 1500mAh battery, but no price or release date has been mentioned yet. It's hard to say what kind of impact a new mobile OS will have, but from the images it definitely looks like a strong contender.
Super AMOLED – Seeing is believing
With the Samsung Wave, seeing really is believing as it features the
world's first Super AMOLED display; delivering an unrivalled screen
experience on a smartphone. The Super AMOLED offers much brighter,
clearer, and less reflective AMOLED OnCell display, featuring a high
resolution WVGA (800x480 pixels) screen with mDNIe (mobile Digital
Natural Image engine) technology. DNIe technology is proven display
technology which incorporated to Samsung's LCD TV and LED TV lineups.
With a free viewing angle and super fast response, the Samsung Wave
display provides superb image quality for viewing both videos and
Social Hub – my communities at my hand
Social Hub has been designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate
all major portal's email, IM and SNS services directly into the Samsung
Wave. With its TouchWiz 3.0 UI, it provides users easy-flow integrated
experience of messaging, managing contacts and viewing calendar events.
Social Hub is powered by the amazing push technology to deliver email
messages, calendar events and SNS updates in real-time.
TouchWiz 3.0 UI – new and improved
The Samsung Wave provides superior levels of choice to all users via
its fully customizable menus and home-page. For those who demand access
to their social networking sites at all times, the device allows users
to change the layout of the home-page to allow instant access to
Twitter, Facebook and a host of other social networking services. For
those who love music, the device home-page can be turned into an
intuitive media player; while for those who take and share a lot of
photos, the home page can be customized to feature favourite images.
Users will also benefit from Quick Panel, a way of prioritizing and
aggregating applications into one screen for instant access.
With its eye-catchingly brilliant screen, Samsung's latest TouchWiz 3.0
user interface gives a tactile, intuitive user experience, and includes
iconic new features such as motion UI, Smart Unlock and customizable
Speed, performance and beauty
The Samsung Wave benefits from a superb 1GHz processor which offers
users the best graphic performance available today. Its speed makes the
touch screen user interface incredibly responsive and intuitive and,
more importantly, means that the 3D and memory-intensive graphic and
video performance is unsurpassed.
The Samsung Wave is also one of the most attractive devices with
seamless, streamlined body that has no parting or harsh lines. A
beautiful and strong tempered glass display perfectly complements and
enhances the vividness of the Super AMOLED display. Furthermore, with
anti-smudge technology, those greasy thumb prints are a thing of the
Multimedia features and connectivity
Multi-codec support for DivX Xvid, MP4 and WMV, and support for virtual
5.1 surround sound delivery transforms the device into a personal
entertainment system and HD video (720p) decoding and recording
capabilities make the Samsung Wave an outstanding device for capturing,
sharing and viewing video.
For the first time in the world, Samsung Wave is incorporated Bluetooth® 3.0 and WiFi 802.11n standard.
Samsung Apps: unlimited expandability
Samsung's bada platform allows mobile users to simply and easily
download an abundance of applications from Samsung Apps, an integrated
application store accessible from the device and online. Featuring a
wealth of games, navigation, social networking, e-book, health and
lifestyle applications, Samsung Apps gives users instant access to a
huge choice of mobile experiences.
Samsung established its mobile application ecosystem through the launch
of Samsung Mobile Innovator in 2008 and the Samsung Application Seller
Site followed by Samsung Application Store as another key element of
this offering. Already launched in the UK, France, Italy, Singapore,
Germany, Brazil and China, this will be expanded to more than 50
countries all over the world in 2010.