Samsung Wave 3 stuffs 4" Super AMOLED display and 1.4GHz processor in an aluminum chassis
The third high-end Wave boasts a 4" Super AMOLED display with 480x800 pixels, 1.4GHz single-core chipset, and a five megapixel camera with LED flash plus VGA front facing one. The camera records 720p video, and the Wave 3 supports DivX playback out of the box.
Nothing terribly exciting that might cannibalize sales from the Galaxy S II, but decent internals nonetheless, which are wrapped up entirely in an aluminum body. Despite the metal chassis, the Samsung Wave 3 is pretty light, at 4.3oz (122 grams), and measures just 0.39" (9.9mm) thin. The handset sports 3GB of ROM, plus a microSD slot for further expansion.
it can also connect to the Russian satellite system Glonass, so you should be covered wherever you are. The 1500mAh battery is rated for 8.5 hours of talk time, which is pretty good. Naturally, the phone comes with Samsung's new ChatON cross-platform messaging service, as that little orange icon hints from the homescreen.
What do you say, is the Samsung Wave 3 that high-end device you were expecting to lead the new crop of Waves with the bada OS 2.0 update?
1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
This is the phone i've been waiting for, awesome specifications !
Gonna get this phone the same day it is available !
26. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Ya know, since you started posting, I have noticed a lot more Phone Arena articles on Bada than ever before. Pete, you have a ton of influence around here...
27. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Yeah, keep those bada articles coming PhoneArena : )
47. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
well he is pretty much the only bada fan...
2. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Reminds me of the cappy with the edges and back.....specs are pretty good, not the greatest, but looks like a good phone.
3. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
I am kinda disappointed with the design. Nothing new. Nothing innovating. Well, I just have to stick with my S8500 then. I hope that the firmware update rolls out immediately when the trio hits the market.
The back looks sexy though.
4. kreneo (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)
I bet Peter is the happiest man on Earth! You should shift to IOS, kinder rules!
5. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
nice specs, not the best resolution. im happy for ya peterfromsweden
6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
the resolution is 800 x 480, which is the standard resolution...
48. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
its not up to par with high end standards... i.e. qhd retina etc...
49. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
theres only 1 phone in sweden with that resolution, the sensation.
800 x 480 still is the standard right now, and that is a fact !
19. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
anyway, thanks for being happy for me !
8. N.P.M.G (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Peter I'm so happy for ya!!!
Because you have three choices:)
Have a very good day:)
9. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
thank you, i'll choose the Wave 3 thanks : )
10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i think it's a good looking phone, reminds me of the Captivate. if Samsung made their high-end Android devices this well i would consider them a little more seriously and they're already getting pretty close to surpassing Motorola with me.
11. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
How about buying this phone with bada then ?
Samsung seems to be pushing bada more than Android now, since all of them have metal bodies, and no Android Samsung phone has metal body.
Or what do you think ?
13. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it's not really an option for me on Verizon being that it's a CDMA network and besides i don't know what the appeal is with bada. why do you like it?
16. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Ok, CDMA i have heard of it but it is never used here in europe, whats the difference between CDMA and GSM ?
And why i like bada ?
Well, first bada is a really fast OS. With the 1 Ghz processor on the Samsung Wave s8500 it is really fast and smooth, as you probably know, WP7 is really fast and smooth. Bada is as fast and smooth as WP7. Imagine how fast bada will be with a 1.4 ghz processor !
Bada has a very nice UI. It looks a lot like touchwiz, but has some differences to the better compared to the Android touchwiz.
There is a lot of high quality apps for bada. Now there is only 6100 apps for bada, but in fact about 6000 of them are high quality apps, compared to android where 50-70 % of the android apps are low quality.
So in short words, i like bada because it is fast, has a great UI, and has lots of quality apps.
31. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
pushing bada more? lol. when I see bada phones on TV we can talk. The "premium" materials are to give it a little flair. I dont get why people go gaga over aluminum bodies. your choices are plastic and tin... is one really better than the other? lol
39. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
don't know how much samsung will advertise bada in the USA at the moment. but i'm 99.9 % sure that samsung here in europe will have lots of advertisemnts for the Wave 3 on tv
56. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
metals make it feels sturdier and well put together.
59. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
bah, if you put a case on your phone like most do, then what its made of doesnt make a difference. you are more than likely wrapping it in plastic anyways invalidating the whole "feels sturdier" part.. lol.
maybe its just me because every phone i get has a case and screen protector (im dangerous!). 90% of hard cases are plastics so why even care?
For that reason i care more about weight and thickness more than i do about "materials" since its about to be wrapped in a case anyways.. I guess its just me.
62. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
well i don't really want a thick, hard plastic case on my phone. lol. i probably need to at this point though
if i had my way there'd be a fairly thin, snug rubber bumper around the top sliding part and a rubber enclosure on the bottom half on my Droid 3 but good slider cases are a bitch to find. if i don't find something like that soon i'll probably just get a Body Guardz skin for it.
64. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
I really like phones made of metal and glass. I don't really want a phone anymore thats made of plastic, since i bought my first phone made of metal and glass, the Wave...
12. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Does anyone know about the RAM on the Wave 3, couldn't find it in the specifications ?
14. the (unregistered)
this thing needs to run android...bada sucks.....nice design
15. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
i have used both android and bada, and i can say that i think bada is a better OS than android. It is much faster and has a better UI.
17. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
We're all happy for Peter. His excitement is pure and he deserves at least one Bada device for free from Samsung.There's enough Android fans, now we have a great Bada fan, we need only "PeterFromFinland" guy to praise WP7(+Nokia)!
18. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
thank you for being happy for me, appreciate it : )
Wonder where peterformfinland is (actually, should be Petrifromfinland as Petri is the name for Peter in Finland) : P
Now getting a wave 3 for free from Samsung, would be abolutely awesome, great suggestion !!!
Will be interesting to see availability and pricing on this phone on 1 september during the unpacked event. Hopefully we will get to know the RAM on this phone as well during the event.
20. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
After having let the news sink in a bit, i actually realize something. the specifications on this phone is better than i first thought !!!
I thought i would go trough the specifications here...
First the screen is 4 inch, which according to me is the perfect screen size. the screen is a superamoled. Now, i thouhgt why not a super amoled + ???
My theory is, there has been some complaints on the super amoled + screens on the GS2 that after some usage the superamoled + screens colors had been yellowish and so on. therefore Samsung choose superamoled instead, to be on the safe side.
The processor at 1.4 Ghz is really good. There is no phone in europe with that processor speed. Now, there is phones with 1.2 Ghz dual core which in theory should be faster, but that requires all of the software to be written for dual core, and most likely all of the software is not (at lease not yet). So in practical use, the 1.4 Ghz is at least as fast, if not faster than dual core 1.2 ghz processors.
As for build quality, the phone is made of glass and metal, the best you can get.
And as a extra bonus you get GPS and glonass for more precise navigation : )
What do you guys think ?
57. biophone (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I agree with you on the screen and processor. Also the design looks really nice but they could of differentiated it from the iPhone a bit more.
21. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Just would like to add one thing...
Apple, DO NOT DARE TO TRY AND BAN THIS PHONE !!!
22. simpleleong (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
4 inch was something i'm waiting for, and a better processor. But what i expect from Wave 3 was Super AMOLED Plus, 1080p recording and playback and better camera. Looks like i should wait for Wave 4 or Galaxy S 3 then...
Proud owner of my Wave, Wave II.
24. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
You know, i think that choosing superamoled wasn't such a bad idea.
Superamoled+ is better, but not by much.
And there has been some problems with the superamoled+ screens turning yellowish after some days of use. Whereas there has not been any problems with the superamoled. And also, Samsung is probably looking to price this phone very cheap, even though it is a high end phone, and choocing the superamoled over the superamoled+ probably saved some costs, but not lowering the user experience.
I to had hoped for a 8 mp camera, but still, the 5 mp camera on the wave is really good. In fact i have both the nokia n8 and the wave (and wave 2) and i can say that the Wave phones camera with 5 mp is as good, if not even better than the Nokia N8 12 Mp camera (no kidding).
I really think you should get the Wave 3, or if you're happy with the wave and wave 2 you have now, wait untill the Wave 4. I really don't think you should get the Galaxy S 3...
36. simpleleong (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)
Maybe not, Wave 2 does not give me any New toy syndrome at all. This phone isn't a need, but a want. Since it's a want i would only be attracted with specs that attract me. I don't find Wave 3 to have any large difference compared to the previous two Waves. The current stuff that attract new crowd is gonna be 1080p for at least. Super AMOLED have really big pixel due to the Pentile tech, and i already have a Wave 1. And for a want i would really want to spend my cash on new tech like Super AMOLED Plus.
The Galaxy S 2 got the specs, but i just got my Wave 2 for a few months and also using my Dell Venue.
So i be waiting for the next generation of Samsung's high end series instead. No offence for replying like this but your recommendation to me is a little bit too biased. Peace man!
50. shikhar (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)
Sorry Peter, I completely disagree with you on Wave's camera quality being on par with N8's. I too am a user of both the S8500 and N8. While the camera UI on Nokia N8 (symbian^3) is pretty ordinary as compared to Bada's, there's no denying the image quality of N8.
Wave is awesome, no doubt, but lets not bring down other smartphones to elevate Wave's status.
54. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
I have both too as i said, and yes the camera quality on the N8 is awesome, it has better optics and more MP, however the colors on the N8 camera are not very lifelike. The Wave does a much better job at producing lifelike pictures than the Nokia N8.
And there is no denying that the Wave's video recording is much, much better than the Nokia N8.
51. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its not really high end.. its high end for Bada, but as over all phone specs go, its middle at best. No biggie since bada doesnt need the extra horsepower. Its basically last years captivate wrapped in tin and given a lil over clocking. Not that its a bad phone in the least.
u dont think anyone should buy anything but bada.. lol.
if the SGS3 really has an edge to edge screen and all the other rumored goodies, no phone will stand a chance against it.
53. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
1.4 ghz is the fastest speed on any processor on the market at the moment in europe . And 4 inch superamoled screen is defnitely high end.
there is no denying that the Wave 3 is a high end phone !
60. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
dont be fooled by clock speed. its not nearly as important as people want to make it.
but hey, if your happy, then im happy. :)
23. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
Samsung launches some new Bada phones and eveything is ok, but however when Nokia launches 3 new Symbian Belle phones eveybody starts saying ''why Nokia keep trying with Symbian and cheap phones''...I really don't get it.
25. Bada San (unregistered)
Having used the Wave II, having upgraded to the bada 2.0 beta and reviewing this announcement I am having difficulties figuring out the below:
1. What is the point of developing a proprietary system, when with all the new upgrades it is resembling the best sellers (Android and iOS)???
2. What is the point of developing a proprietary system, when with all the new upgrades battery life is getting lower and lower???
3. What is the point of introducing a new flagship to the Wave series with a faster processor when the previous flagships were having no lags at all???
4. What is the point of introducing a new flagship with a faster processor but battery of the same capacity? It is thinner... But...:
5. What is the point of introducing a new flagship with a shorter battery life??? Doesn't a proprietary system give its manufacturer a chance to optimise?
29. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
1. The point of developing bada, is so that Samsung has their own OS. In case Google bought motorola (which they have) and start making their own phones (which they likely will). Samsung doesn't want to put all their eggs in one basket.
2. Battery life is really good in the Wave 3, 8.5 hours talk time is not bad.
3. Updating the Wave line, with better and better phones, selling more bada phones, thus increasing market share and profit for samsung.
4. Don't know, probably wants to have thin phone, maybe samsung will come with a bigger battery that's available to buy later.
5. Read above.
28. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
At least we have a bada fanboy who is not annoying and definitely not a cursing troll.
30. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Seeing you have a wave as well, maybe you should consider becoming a bada fanboy yourself ? : P
When bada grows in marketshare, i'm sure we'll se more bada fanboys here, but hopefully they wont be annoying. At least I'm always trying to keep a high level when i'm writing.
32. ThomasFlowerchild (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
5 megapixels? That's just sad... :(
33. Loki (unregistered)
Hey! I own a Wave II though i have to say i was pretty disappointed when i found out the specs of Wave III. I heard Samsung saying that it will be one of the most advanced handsets but i just cant see it being on par with the gsII and other dual core handsets. And somehow it looks just like my Wave II albeit slight differences. Not only that, but if one were to compare screenshots of the Wave III to the new Galaxy handsets, you can see the almost similar UI framework, to the point that i even wondereed whether it was bada or android. Not dissing bada or anything cause i kinda prefer it than ios or android. So, somehow i really want bada 2.0 to be able to compete on par with the rest but it is really important for them to differentiate themsleves. Especially the touchwiz thats used in both samsung android and bada handsets.
34. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
I think the reason Samsung has similiar UI on both their android and bada phones, is so that in the future when Samsung ditch android (very likely now that google has bought motorola) people recognize the UI in bada and buy bada phones.
As for Wave 3, i think this is really good specifications.
The processor at 1.4 Ghz is really good. There is no phone here in europe with that processor speed. Now, there is phones with 1.2 Ghz dual core which in theory should be faster, but that requires all of the software to be written for dual core, and most likely all of the software is not (at lease not yet). So in practical use, the 1.4 Ghz is at least as fast, if not faster than dual core 1.2 ghz processors.
35. ThomasFlowerchild (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
I'm also disappointed about this phone...
No dual-core (means no full-HD video recording) and only 5 megapixel camera?
This is not an high-end phone, it's a mid-range phone.
37. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
This is a high end phone.
1.4 ghz processor (the fastest on the market here in europe), 4 inch superamoled screen, bada 2.0, metal and glass body and you've got yourself a high end phone !
52. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its an overclocked SGS1 without hummingbird. They sell a 1.2ghz SGS1 in europe which would be much stronger.
55. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
There is a galaxy S plus that has a 1.4 ghz processor.
Why are you saying that the Galaxy S plus is stronger ?
We know nothing about the Wave 3's graphics processor yet, so all we know at the moment is saying that the Galaxy S plus and the Wave 3 are just as powrful.
61. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
If they both run the hummingbird processor (which i hope) then yea, they are as powerful.
If it was the hummingbird they probably would have said as much though. If its not, pray for the OMAP as a good second chip choice :)
63. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Maybe it is an entirely new kind of processor from Samsung, that's even better than the hummingbird ?
We don't really know untill 1 september.
38. Loki (unregistered)
Yeah, I wanted an overhaul of its touchwiz in bada 2.0 to differentiate it from android. And with LG/ Samsung open source OS coming up, i'm not too sure of bada's survival(it being a closed source system like ios) It certainly does have potential, i'd say, but there is certainly a need to make it differentiated in order to compete. From what i see, Samsung is pushing for Android with Bada as a mere sideshow and its pretty sad since i really like Bada than Android or IOS. Just my two cents worth.
40. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Actually i believe that the new LG/samsung OS is very likely to be bada, with improvements. In fact, if you did not know this, bada is open source.
And as for samsung pushing android, i think everyone will see in 1 years time that samsung is going to bush bada more than android, especially after google bought motorola and will be coming up with their own phone.
41. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
By the way, just checked out the specifications on the Wave 3 on samsung press website.
It says that the wave 3 comes with polaris office, not picsel smart office as the other wave phones has. Also there is music hub where you can purchase music. Seems very interesting.
42. BadaWave (unregistered)
Latest Trend - Dual Core Processor , Super Amoled Plus & 3D Display , and Full HD recording
Wave III don't have this specs , but it doesn't mean this phone is not good , but personally for me its not worth for an upgrade , having to own Wave I the difference is just minimal only the screen size and the clock speed , my Wave I is still pretty fast !
GS2 would be a good upgrade for me , but with rumors of Samsung's 1280x720 screen resolution , and LG's New IPS Display in the works , and also clock speeds reaching 1.5Ghz , im really hesitant to get a GS2 now , I might as well wait for the next Samsung Flagship with SuperAmoledPlusHD(1280x720) and faster dual-core processors with better GPU