While we were over at the GCF scoping out the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, we also noticed a new listing for a Samsung handset, the GT-S8500. Better known as the Samsung Wave S8500, the Bada based smartphone-for-the-masses has been approved by the GCF with 900/2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA.
Video demo of the Wave S8500 after the cut
Another Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has come and gone, and this one was clearly Microsoft’s show. “Windows Phone 7 Series” is nearly impossible to say out loud, but the OS itself meets the user interface bar set by Apple and Palm while tying together all of Microsoft’s consumer brands. I got hands on time with a prototype and was impressed, but if you want an early look yourself, you don’t need to be an analyst with access to high level Microsoft executives, you just need to scrape together $220 and buy a Zune HD. Zune lends WP7 both its user interface conventions and its PC software for media management, synchronization, and purchase. Microsoft still needs to convince developers to support the platform, but the company is relevant in mobile again for the first time in years.
We didn't hide our confusion back at the Samsung bada launch late last year; at the time, a disappointingly vague presentation and a complete absence of demo devices left us uncertain as to where Samsung expected the new smartphone-for-the-masses platform to fit into the current ecosystem. Having spent some decent hands-on time with the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, and our very own hands-on at MWC 2010 - we're a little more confident in the device if not the positioning. Check out our first impressions - and video - after the cut.
Samsung’s very first Bada handset – the Wave (S8500) was announced earlier tonight. The Wave is one of the first handset feature Bluetooth 3.0. The 3.3-inch “Super AMOLED” display with 800x480 resolution doesn’t offer multitouch but instead a brighter, clearer and less reflective thanks to the OnCell technology. Samsung went the extra mile by adding mDNle (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) technology, which originated in Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV.
If you want to keep your upcoming cellphone quiet until its triumphant MWC 2010 debut, it's probably a bad idea to put up a huge banner showing it in all its glory. Unfortunately Samsung didn't appear to get that memo, and so we have the first official shots of the Samsung Wave, running their new Bada platform.
It's been a long time (in cellular terms) since Samsung rolled out the S5600 Preston, and so it comes as little surprise to see there's a replacement fast incoming. The Samsung S5620 Monte is yet to get the official nod from its makers, but the 3-inch touchscreen handset has already been caught in the wild.
As promised, Samsung have unveiled their new smartphone platform, bada, and SlashGear were at the London event this morning. It's important to note that bada seems at a relatively early stage; the first handset running the platform won't go on sale until sometime in the first half of 2010, and Samsung didn't have any prototype phones for us to look at. They did, however, outline some of their thinking behind bada, and show a demo video of the conceptual UI which you can see after the cut.
Video demo after the cut
Samsung have confirmed the launch of their new bada mobile app platform SDK. According to an invitation that went out today, the company will detail bada at an event in London on December 8th; there, Samsung are expected to give further details on how their cross-platform software environment will work for developers and devices.