The wraps have just been taken off the Samsung Wave, which will be the first smartphone with a new type of AM-OLED display created by this company. It will also sport an array of other multimedia features, like HD recording and DivX Xvid playback.
In addition, the Wave will be the first with the bada OS, which Samsung also developed. bada can be thought of as Samsung’s TouchWiz User Interface made into an operating system, and can run widgets created for other TouchWiz devices. It has a consumer focus, and will compete with Google’s Android OS.
This smartphone will also include a Social Hub, which has been designed to integrate all major e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking services. It provides users integrated messaging, managing contacts, and viewing calendar events. As Social Hub is powered by the push technology, e-mail messages, calendar events, and SNS updates are delivered in real-time.
New Screen, Fast Processor, and More
The feature that could also set the Wave apart from the crowd is its display, which Samsung describes as a Super AM-OLED. This 3.3-inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) capacitive Touchscreen offers mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology, which is incorporated to Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV products, and its developer promises it is much brighter, clearer, and less reflective.
The Wave is based on a 1 GHz processor, which offers users the best graphic performance available on a smartphone today. Customers will have a choice between 2 GB and 8 GB of storage, plus a microSD memory card slot.
It will sport a 5.0 Megapixel camera with an LED flash and face/blink detection. This will be capable of 720p high definition video recording. Other multimedia capabilities will include support for playing video in DivX Xvid, MP4, and WMV, and support for virtual 5.1 surround.
This Samsung model will offer GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and the 3G standards WCDMA/HSPA (900/2100 MHz). It will also have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.
Other features will include a GPS receiver and a 1,500 mAh battery.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Wave will be released in April. It is being announced now, in time for the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, which is kicking off in Barcelona.
Pricing for this model has not yet been revealed.
Samsung says the Wave will be available “globally”, but didn’t get more specific about countries or even regions.