So I shared my first impressions of the upcoming Samsung Wave S8500 last week and gave a possible price-point. Turns out it’s cheaper than we’ve expected.
In a Developer Conference this afternoon, Samsung Philippines introduced their own home-grown operating system, Bada, and the first handset to run it — the Samsung Wave.
Turns out my initial estimate was a bit off. The Wave will have a suggested retail price of Php19,900 (as opposed to the Php20k++ I posted before). The model will have a 2GB internal storage and comes with an additional 1GB via microSD card (max of 32GB).
The specs sheet looks pretty interesting:
Samsung Wave S8500
1.0GHz ARM Cortex A8 Processor
3.3″ Super AMOLED multi-touch display @ 480×800 pixels
2GB/8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP
5MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
720p vidoe recording @ 30fps
FM radio with RDS and FM recording
GPS w/ aGPS support
1500mAh Li-Ion battery
TouchWiz UI 3.0 on Bada OS
Launch date is tentatively on June 2 (or was it 2nd week of June?) according to the Samsung Product Manager. We took this video demo of the Samsung Wave running a car racing game:
So far, my initial impressions remained the same — that Super AMOLED screen looked impressive and the Samsung App Store should deliver the much needed applications for the phone. See my initial impressions of the Samsung Wave here.