Samsung has today announced its latest WAVE family mobile phone, the Samsung Wave 2 S5250 Smartphone which is it’s second handset based on the opinion-dividing BADA mobile operating system platform which allows third-party applications integration capability.
The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 smartphone is on display at the CommunicAsis conference in Singapore and supports the highly connected lifestyles of today’s younger mobile users who value a full range of social networking capabilities at their fingertips.
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.
Samsung’s BADA software platform gives users access to an abundance of applications from Samsung Apps, an integrated application store accessible from the Wave phones or your PC. Featuring a wealth of gaming, navigation, social networking, e-book, health and lifestyle applications, Samsung Apps delivers instant access to a huge range of mobile experiences. The multi widget in the phone allows news headlines, weather reports, financial and stock related info and personal scheduler.
Users can easily download an app without having to install any software by accessing Samsung Apps right on your phone or synching the device to a PC. Samsung Kies allows users to browse Samsung Apps on your PC and comes in handy for downloading large files and content.
Java Applications will also be offered on Samsung Apps for Samsung Wave 2 to enhance users experience with an even wider range of content. The Wave devices can also serve as complete media centers, offering rich, entertainment experiences on-the-go with a 3.5mm ear jack and an intuitive menu for music and other content.
The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 features Samsung’s Social Hub, an integrated phonebook that links contacts from across social networks, allowing users to connect with friends across platforms and communicate seamlessly across networks. Users’ contact lists from sites including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are accessible on one platform; ensuring that users can remain fully connected at all times. Social Hub also allows fans of social networking to view photos on their mobiles using the integrated media browser, and seamlessly upload, manage and share photos from Twitter, Facebook and Picasa or create a digital photo album while on the go.
The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 smartphone, is a candy-bar style quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz network ready handset that measures 109.5 x 55 x 11.7 mm and has a large 3.2 inch, 240 x 400 pixels wide 256K colors capable Super AMOLED TFT Capacitive Touchscreen and is equipped with Accelerometer sensor for auto rotate, and proximity sensor for auto turn off.
The Super AMOLED display makes Samsung Wave 2 phone’s screen almost 20% brighter and 80% more visible in even bright sunlight besides being claimed to be 20% more energy efficient (battery) than a normal AMOLED powered phone.
The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 touchecreen phone is powered by Samsung’s TouchWIZ v3.0 technology which has a Widgets feature that enables users to have a selection of widget style mini applications open on its home screen. It comes with several Widgets built-in.
A whole variety of widgets are available, which users can activate by swiping of a finger, which displays information from the phone, accessing images, music and other content and provide a quick way to access various functions in the handset.
Widgets with drag-and-drop: The simple ‘drag-and-drop’ technology allows selecting multiple widgets from the left panel of the screen which can simply be dropped anywhere on the main screen. A widgets is small portable chunk of code that can be executed without requiring any additional programming etc.
Widgets in Samsung Wave 2 S5250 phone are made up of widely used applications like calendar, clock and alarms, music player functions, FM radio functions, games etc. The Widget with ‘drag-and-drop’ feature is quick and simple technique which allows the user to set hotkeys for all desired functions on the touch menu.
The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 phone offers 80-MB of internal memory and offers microSD card slot for upto 16-GB expandable memory allowing practically unlimited entries phonebook and call records.
The smartphone offers exhaustive data connectivity options under the sun including GPRS class 10, hi-speed EDGE class 10 with 236.8 kbps speed, wireless WiFi 802.11/b/g/N connectivity option and comes equipped with Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR + A2DP wireless connectivity support. It also sports microUSB 2.0 port for wired connectivity.
Available in several vibrant colors the new Samsung Wave 2 S5250 smartphone comes equipped with a powerful 3.15 megapixel geo-tagging capable camera with 4X digital zoom, 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution, Autofocus option and Carl Zeiss optics along with a built-in LED flash. It also allows video recording in H.263 and MPEG4.
Other features of the Samsung Wave 2 S5250 smartphone includes built-in GPS with A-GPS support, Digital compass, integrated media player supporting MP3 / AMR / AAC / AAC+ / e-AAC+ files and video player with support for popular video file formats including MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 files. The powerful battery with this smartphone allows video playing for 6 hours. There is also Stereo FM radio with RDS and 20 presets station memory.
In addition, the Samsung Wave 2 S5250 handset is equipped with 3.5 mm audio jack and support for DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine) that provides 3D sound. The handset though lacks support for HDMI and TV out ports.
The Samsung Wave 2 S5250 smartphone also includes inbuild support for MS document editors including Word, Excel and Powerpoint in addition to PDF.
The new Samsung Wave 2 S5250 smartphone comes equipped with with 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery and it is expected to be launched in August 2010 at estimated price of Rs. 19,150.