Bada-powered Samsung Wave 3 Quietly Launched

With surprisingly little fanfare Samsung has launched the third Wave mobile phone, featuring its Bada 2.0 platform. The S8600 was announced back in August, but the release date was never confirmed, however, it has now appeared on several European e-retailer sites all ready for the Christmas rush.

The Wave 3 sticks to Samsung’s preferred big-screen-single-button layout, and looks very similar to various Galaxy models. The chassis is a svelte 9.9mm thick and is made from metal, which should make the Wave 3 feel great in the hand, plus its 127 gram weight should inspire confidence in its construction.

On to the specs. The S8600 has a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and 720p video recording, a VGA video-call camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi Direct. The processor driving it all is a 1.4GHz Scorpion chip backed up by 512MB RAM.

As with all other Wave devices it’s Samsung’s Bada software onboard, but as it’s version 2.0 users will benefit from an improved UI and application store, plus there’s the usual clutch of Samsung goodies such as the Social Hub and Music Hub software, the ChatON messaging system and a series of new 3D games designed for the platform.

Samsung says it’ll be introducing the Wave 3 in France, Italy, Russia and Germany initially, followed by ‘other global markets’ before the end of the year.

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