With everything that’s been going on in the tech world over the past few months, we think most people can be forgiven for forgetting about bada, Samsung’s new mobile platform. But excuses won’t cut it much for much longer, because it appears Samsung is on the cusp of assaulting the market with bada-toting handsets. During a developers conference in Russia, Samsung put up a slide which showed off four previously unknown bada-based handsets alongside the previously announced Wave 8500. While the company didn’t mention what the handsets will offer in terms of specs and features, it’s pretty clear from the $350 USD to $700 USD price points that the platform will offer smartphones that cover more price points that many other popular platforms simply can’t touch. That and the fact Samsung is one of the few remaining companies that think slapping on a horizontal QWERTY keypad on a touchscreen device is something people actually want. More →
Not exactly like this came out of nowhere, but just recently in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced the Wave S8500. It runs Samsung’s new OS, Bada, and is packed to the brim with features. We’re looking at a 3.3 inch “Super AMOLED” display, a 5 megapixel camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1 GHz CPU and loads of multimedia support. If you’re a multimedia junkie, you’ll be pleased as punch to find out that the Wave will have multi codec support for DivX and XviD formats as well as 720p video recording and decoding along with “virtual” 5.1 surround sound. Pricing hasn’t been announced but look for it to start shipping in April.
Yesterday we saw the Samsung Wave from afar, today we get our first up close look at Samsung’s first Bada-powered handset. The Wave is indeed the S8500, the first handset to receive Bluetooth SIG certification for the new Bluetooth 3.0 standard. Ironically, Bluetooth was left out of the list of leaked specs but we will presume that Bluetooth 2.0 and possibly 3.0 is on board. Besides Bluetooth, the Wave will offer a 3.3 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 720p video, DivX support, 2GB internal memory with microSD expansion, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 1 GHz processor, 3.5mm headphone jack, aluminum body, 1500 mAh battery, and the Bada OS with Touchwiz 3.0. The Wave has the typical appearance of a Samsung phone with two flush front buttons, a triangular four way navigational button, triangular camera and flash, and brushed metal accents. Other than the performance of the Bada OS, which will have to wait until the first hands-on video is released, all that is left to find out about this handset is its launch date and geographic availability, a not so trivial fact we hope is announced when Samsung officially unveils this handset next week at MWC. More →
Ahead of its expected unveiling at MWC 2010, Samsung’s first Bada phone may have been spotted on a billboard outside the MWC venue in Barcelona. According to the promotional display, Samsung’s first Bada offering will called the Wave and, as expected, will be a full touchscreen device. Whether this handset is the rumored S8200, a Bada-powered Nexus One type, or the S8500, the first Bluetooth 3.0 phone, remains to be seen. Though with MWC 2010 beginning next week, we won’t be making wild guesses about this or other Bada handsets much longer.
Shin Jon-kyun, Samsung’s President of handsets, made an announcement to The Korean Herald about his company’s mobile platform venture known as “bada.” “Currently, bada does not have a prominent presence in the market. But we plan to launch our first bada phone in late March or early April globally… we seek to make a big success with bada.” Will it be on the mysterious device that popped up on our radar screens last November? Who knows. Samsung has been very stingy with details on the new OS; what we do know is that it will have the TouchWiz interface, support multitouch screens, and be built for — initially anyways — all touch screen devices. Looks like we’ll be welcoming bada to the mobile OS family sooner rather than later.
Last month Samsung announced that it would be dropping Symbian from its handsets and replacing it with its own mobile platform, Bada. Initial details on this touchscreen-driven platform were sparse and Bada was quickly forgotten. Forgotten by most of us but not by Samsung, who has been slowly fleshing out the details of Bada on its website and at a press event. Once you plow through all of the marketing speak, you can glean some juicy details about this new open source platform. Similar to other modern mobile phone operating systems, Bada will feature a full touchscreen UI with multi-touch support, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS and support for WVGA displays. Bada will also incorporate a Bada-specific version of the Samung’s love-it-or-hate-it TouchWiz interface. Throw in some keywords like Flash control, web control and face detection while offering a $300,000 coffer for the Bada Developer Challenge and you’ve got everyone’s attention. The first Bada mobile phone will launch in the first half of 2010, presumably to coincide with the launch of Bada applications in the Samsung application store. Hopes are high for Bada with Samsung expecting to both launch several models of Bada-powered phones and expand the application store to 30 countries including France, Italy and the UK by the end of 2010. Thoughts?
In case you haven’t heard, the other day Samsung announced Bada, a new open source platform it hopes will enable its handsets to better compete with the likes of the iPhone and the entire Android line-up. Set to arrive in Q1 2010, not much is known about Bada other than that it features an intuitive touchscreen-based UI and will, for the most part, take the place of all Symbian S60 handsets offered by the Korean company. The handsets that will debut running Bada are also a mystery, but our Dutch friends over at Mobile Phone Helpdesk Europe were sent in a tip, and the handset you see rendered above could be amongst the very first. The fact anyone with the slightest Photoshop skills could whip this up aside, let’s assume for a minute what we’re looking at is real. Are you feeling it or not? More →