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Samsung Wave M

 Samsung Wave M Available now
30th August 2011

A midrange smartphone, the Samsung Wave M runs the latest version of Samsung's proprietary Bada operating system. The Wave M is pitching itself against a mass of cheap Android handsets, which is a tough market to beat, especially for a non-Android device like this.

There's a respectably sized 3.7" 320 x 480 pixel display on the front, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash on the back capable of very basic QVGA video capture, a secondary video calling camera on the front, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3.5G support plus a microSD slot with a 2GB card in the box. There's a stereo FM radio as well, and some versions of the Wave M will support NFC communications.

Bada is a well designed operating system and this latest version comes with enhancements all around, including better social networking support. Although there are thousands of applications available for Bada, don't expect to see the dizzying range that there are for Android or the iPhone.

Pricing will be the critical issue here, and we just don't know how much the Wave M will be. If they can manage to get it down to €200 or so then it will be an attractive proposition for people who want a fairly basic smartphone but don't want to pay the earth.

The Wave M measures a fairly typical 114 x 63 x 12mm and weighs 121 grams. The 1350 mAh battery gives up to 6.5 hours talktime and 20 days standby time. Samsung didn't say when the Wave M would be available, but we would expect it to see it by the end of the year.

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Samsung Wave M at a glance

Available:

Soon

Network:

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

Data:

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

Screen:

3.65" 320 x 480 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels (main)
0.3 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Medium tablet smartphone
114 x 63 x 12mm / 121 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

GPS:

Yes

OS:

Bada 2.0

Battery life:

6.5 hours talk / 20 days standby

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