Samsung WAVE S8500 BADA OS Powered Smartphone Launched

Samsung has unveiled Samsung WAVE S8500 Smartphone, it’s first handset based on the opinion-dividing Bada mobile operating system platform which allows third-party applications integration capability.

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Samsung’s Bada (means Ocean in Korea) mobile operating system is one of the latest mobile OS which is in direct competition to several prevailing high-end operating system for mobiles such as Apple’s iPhone OS, Google’s open-source Android OS, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, Blackberry’s RIM and Nokis’s open-source Symbian OS.

Samsung’s Bada mobile OS brings smartphone technology to the masses, enabling entry level handsets to offer apps, multimedia and a touchscreen experience comparable to high end mobile devices and many handhelds.

Armed with 1-GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, the Samsung WAVE S8500 smartphone features a 3.3-inch, 16 Million Colors capable, 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED Capacitive full touchscreen display made of Scratch-resistant glass and is equipped with Accelerometer sensor and Smart unlocking feature and introduces an anti-smudge screen technology that reduce greasy fingerprints.

The Super AMOLED with mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology in Samsung Wave smartphone offers much brighter, clearer, and less reflective AMOLED display and is is same display technology which is incorporated to Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV sets. Super AMOLED reflects five times less light than original AMOLED display.

Touchscreen enabled Samsung WAVE S8500 smartphone is equipped with Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 user interface, that pretty much resembling Apple iPhone user interface, offers customizable home screen and menus, and Social Hub function which provides email, instant messaging and social notworking services in a single interface.

The Bada platform enabled Samsung WAVE S8500 smartphone comes with either 2-GB or 8-GB internal memory and offers support for microSD expandable memory card with upto 32-GB additional expandable memory and offers pretty comprehensive data connectivity options including GPRS class 10, EDGE Class 10, 3G HSDPA 384 kbps, in addition to built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/N wireless network support along with Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, and hi-speed microUSB 2.0 port.

Samsung Wave is claimed to be 20% brighter,  consumes 20% less battery and is 80% more visible in sunlight. Its Super AMOLED display is much brighter, clearer, and less reflective than general AMOLED.

The Samsung Wave comes equipped with with strong 1500 mAh standard Li-ion battery and also features 3.5 mm audio port, and JAVA MIDP 2.0 support. The smartphone also features an iTunes-style apps store for downloading games, mapping, eBooks and lifestyle applications.

The Samsung WAVE S8500 smartphone features 5.0 megapixel camera with 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution which also allows true HD quality video recoding capability in 720p with multi-codec support for DivX and xVid video codess. Besides offering Geo-tagging, smile and blink detection functionality, the camera is also equipped with integrated LED flash.

Offering 5.1 surround sound, some of the other features of the new Samsung Wave includes FM Radio with RDS and recording, MP3 media player (MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+) , video player supporting xVid/DivX/MP4/H.263/H.264 3GP video files, JAVA MIDP 2.0, and it comes equipped with GPS receiver with A-GPS support offering Google Maps 3.0.

Unveiled in Barcelona ahead of Mobile World Congress, the Samsung S8500 Wave smartphone  is expected to retail by Q2, 2010.

Update – 2 Aug,2010

BADA OS powered Samsung Wave S8500 Smartphone is officially available in India for the price of Rs. 19,000 with one year warranty.