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Samsung Wave 3 (GT-S8600)

 Samsung Wave 3 Available now
30th August 2011

The Samsung Wave 3 is Samsung's new flagship Bada phone, running the latest version of Samsung's proprietary operating system.

Bada is maturing into quite a nice product, with about 6500 downloadable applications for this platform, which is quite good but nothing like the range available for Android or the iPhone. Although there are quite a few decent looking games around, Angry Birds is not available for this platform (well, not yet).

Although Bada is often associated with less powerful smartphones, the Wave 3 is a powerful device. Inside is a 1.4GHz processor, on the front is a large 4" 480 x 800 pixel display, on the back is a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, plus a secondary VGA camera on the front for video calling. The Wave 3 has an FM radio, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3.5G support. Internal flash memory is a decent 3GB with a microSD slot that can take up to 32GB.

 Samsung Wave 3 All the usual smartphone features are here such as a web browser and email client, plus social network services for most major sites, instant messaging and that sort of thing. The large display and speedy processor should make applications run very quickly and smoothly.

The Wave 3 is housed in an attractive aluminium unibody case and it measures 126 x 64 x 10mm and weighs 122 grams. The relatively large 1500 mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 8.5 hours talktime and 20 days standby time.

We don't know exactly when the Wave 3 will be available, but we guess that Samsung will aim to get this in the shops by Christmas. No word was given on pricing, but our best guess is that this will have a street price of around €400 when it hits retails channels.

 

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Samsung Wave 3 at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

4" 480 x 800 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels (main)

0.3 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Medium tablet smartphone
126 x 64 x 10mm / 122 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Bada 2.0

Battery life:

8.5 hours talk / 20 days standby

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