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Samsung Wave 3 Preview

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Our Samsung Wave 3 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Introduction:

The latest grandmaster of Samsung’s bada OS dropped by the office to say hi in the form of a prototype preview unit, and the first impression it brought was that of a pretty solid device. Unlike the original Wave, though, which was the first smartphone with Super AMOLED display and the excellent Hummingbird chipset, the third edition won’t steal the spotlight from Samsung’s best Android handsets.

It sports bada 2.0, a single core processor pumped up to 1.4GHz, and a 4” Super AMOLED display. Bada OS is not optimized for dual-core chipsets and doesn't support Adobe Flash, so one core clocked at 1.4GHz seems enough, but does it run the new visual candy well? Read on to find out our thoughts on the Samsung Wave 3 prototype…


Design:

The Wave 3 feels rather wide in the hand, leaving the impression you are nestling something larger than a 4-incher in your palm. That feeling is aided by the solid metal chassis, half of which simply slides up when you push a thin button on the back, revealing the battery compartment with the SIM card and microSD slots – no need to look for nail slots to pry open a flimsy back cover.

The Samsung Wave 3 feels rather wide in the hand - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
The Samsung Wave 3 feels rather wide in the hand - Samsung Wave 3 Preview

The Samsung Wave 3 feels rather wide in the hand


Samsung Wave 3 Preview

You can compare the Samsung Wave 3 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The regular 4” Super AMOLED display seems like taken directly from the last year's Galaxy S editions. It has the same 480x800 resolution, wide viewing angles, gaudy colors and almost infinite contrast. Unfortunately, it still sports overly cold colors and the PenTile matrix, which places it a level below the Super AMOLED Plus display on the Galaxy S II, for example.

Front - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Speaker - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Keys below the screen - Samsung Wave 3 Preview

Front

Speaker

Keys below the screen


In short, we are very satisfied with the design – the phone is slim at 0.39“ (9.9mm), with 4.30oz (122g) of heft, despite the largely metal chassis, and has all the curves at the right places that make it comfortable to hold. Moreover, from the looks and materials one can immediately tell they are holding a high-end bada phone, so the Samsung Wave 3 has managed to both be distinctive, and keep the flagship design heritage alive. The only gripe is that it is a tad on the wide side, which would make it unwieldy for people with smaller hands – a taller, but narrower design approach would have been better, like the way a 4.2” screen was fit in the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc's narrower body.

Left edge - The sides of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Bottom - The sides of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Right edge - The sides of the Samsung Wave 3 - Samsung Wave 3 Preview

Left edge

Bottom

Right edge

The sides of the Samsung Wave 3


The back - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Camera - Samsung Wave 3 Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Wave 3 Preview

The back

Camera

Battery compartment



Samsung Wave 3 360-degrees View:



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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:21 4

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Thanks phonearena !
You say that it doesn't support adobe flash. However you fail to mention that it supports flash lite, could you please update that ?
An you write "sans the live wallpapers!"
Does that mean it has live wallpapers (i'm swedish, i don't know what sans means) ?
When it comes to the processor, do you know what kind of processor it has, exynos ?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:36 3

3. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


they mentioned that it has a hummingbird processor.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:19

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


sans = without

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:33 3

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3730; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sans means it doesn't have the live wallpapers.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:16

6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Ok, thanks.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:22 3

8. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


So what do you think, does the wave 3 look interesting to you ?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 11:45 2

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3730; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


To me it does look interesting. I want to see a Bada phone for myself. I have never played with one yet!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:07 1

15. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Okay : )
Hopefully this will come to the US, at least it should be available at online stores like amazon.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:07 2

25. joaolx (Posts: 341; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The phone in my opinion has an amazing and simple design. I would love to have this phone.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 08:03

33. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


OK Peter, I agree. This one looks really really good. But i just prefer WP7 and there's nothing can do about it. And I still think its not high-end. :)

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:43 1

4. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


"sans" = "without"

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:34

21. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Peter - more English stealing from other languages (French this time).

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:57 1

5. Man2006 (unregistered)


I would love to get this phone, even though I just got a HTC Sensation. I really wish if I can buy one phone from every OS. An Android, WP7, Bada, Symbian Belle but not an iPhone.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:22 2

7. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I remember some people writing that the Wave 3 wasn't a high end phone...
What do you have to say now ? : )
PA themselves say that it is a high end phone.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:45 1

9. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I think they're saying it looks and feels like a high-end phone, but the specs and hardware are last year's Galaxy S. That makes it more of a midrange offering. The last paragraph says it all.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:06 2

14. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


You think 1.4 ghz processor is not high end ???
Come on man, that's not serious.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:23 2

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


peter, GHZ doesnt denote power. Its a hummingbird witch is the best single core processor and at 1.4ghz has about the same processing power as a snapdragon S3 at 1.2ghz for basic stuff. It still doesnt have multithread capability and some other things since its not a dual core though.

No, its not high end. Last year's high end is this years mid end. If its not a dual core, its not high end.. point blank. Its not a dis on the phone so dont get all hot n bothered by it. I still rock an SGS1 that runs near identical specs and its an awesome phone. But hardware is hardware and new kings of "high end" have been crowned months ago. Quad cores are only a few months from launching, soon Dual cores will be mid end and hummingbirds will be "low end".

Just be thankful its not an S2 scorpion like the thunderbolt and others use. Thats a low end 1ghz chip.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:27

20. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


People keep talking about quad cores being "a few months away", but is that the chip release date or the phone release date? It takes months to develop a phone around a chip. Dual cores may have been available from the vendors in 2010 but it took until earlier this year for the first phones to arrive.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:02 1

23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there is supposed to be a quadcore tablet by christmas. I think its the Transformer2 if I remember correctly. Quad core phones should be out early 2012. Thats not that far away anymore. .lol

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:07 1

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3730; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That is true. I can't wait until it comes out. I really want a quad-core tablet, & from what I am reading it looks to be the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:34

27. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


As a follower of the computer industry since the Pentium days... that is truly disturbing. I thought I was in good shape with my 1.6 Ghz dual-core laptop, and pretty soon I'll have that in my phone? And next year we'll have quad-core phones? Holy crap.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 17:23

44. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Actually there is a quad core phone out now. its Chines and no one really cares but its quad core.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 16:17

28. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


The article does not say anywhere that it is a hummingbird, neither does samsung in its official press release. In fact, wo don't know what kind of processor it has, except that it is 1.4 ghz. It could be a exynos too (my guess is that it is a exynos).
About high end, i'm not going to discuss that. It is obviously a high end phone.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 17:34

29. Wavesdasd (unregistered)


Exynos is dual core. I'm pretty sure that it's always dual core.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 08:06

34. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


They said that it was hummingbird. :|

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 09:40

35. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


No, they said the Wave s8500 had hummingbird. They said nothing about the Wave 3.Read the beginning of the article again.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:15

30. ngo2dd (Posts: 774; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


No, it is not. I have no ideal where you are getting the ideal that hummingbird is faster then the S3.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/index.php/t-786686.html
The S2 and the hummingbird are about the same.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:50 1

10. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


This doesn't appeal much to me. Wave 2 looks better than this

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 11:02 3

11. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 378; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Cool phone. I don't think it Really requires a dual core as when I used the wave 2 it was smooth and fast. And I didn't experience any force closes for crying out loud! Still its a mid range phone at best. I'd get this rather than for say a wildfire s or a samsung galaxy ace.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:08 1

16. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Agree that it doesn't really need dual core.
But, this really is a high end phone. 1.4 ghz processor, 4 inch superamoled that is really good specifications.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:25 1

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


amoled and hummingbird are great, but they are last years news. in order to be high end you have to be the best of the bunch.. which neither of them are anymore.. replaced by dual cores and Super Amoled+.. and soon quad cores and super amoled HD.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 09:40

36. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


They only said that the Wave s8500 had hummingbird, not the Wave 3. They don't say what kind of processor the Wave 3 has.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:33

22. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Maybe you can convince yourself that this is a high end phone...but it is not.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 02:41

32. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Well it doesn't matter what you say, the facts are still that this is a high end phone.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 01:35

38. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Bro, it is a high-end bada handset. However, comparing it with the whole mobile phone industry, i'd place it between the mid-range and high-end class.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 06:15

39. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Did you see the new SE Xperia arc S that came out ?
that is considered to be a high end phone (the best SE has). And you can't say that the SE Xperia Arc S has better specifications than the Wave 3.

Seeing you have the Wave, will you be getting the Wave 3, or are you keeping your wave ?

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 06:57

40. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The Arc S Has better Specs at the moment in my dumb opinion LOL. . . But the Battery life of the Wave 3 as posted in GMSarena is pretty impressive compared to the already impressive battery life of the Arc. . . Man I can now envision the Wave 4's specs. . .

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 12:44

42. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


The screen is better on the Wave 3 (4 inch superamoled, while the Arc S has 4.2 inch TFT). The Wave 3 is better here.
Processor the Wave 3 has 1.4 ghz (we don't know what kind it has, we don't even know if it is dual or single core yet, but my guess is a single core exynos 1.4 ghz). The Arc S has 1.5 ghz snapdragon. since we don't know what kind of processor the Wave 3 has (except that it is 1.4 ghz) we don't know for sure yet which one has the best processor.
When it comes to build quality the wave 3 is made of glass and metal, while the Arc S is made of plastic. and the Wave 3 has better battery life.
so in my opinion the wave 3 has better specifications. Just imagine how good specifications the Wave 4 will have : D

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:54

43. Wavedasd (unregistered)


If the wave had a dual core they would have stated it. Exynos isn't and never was a single core processer. Arc has the better processer. Imo arc wins

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 11:17

12. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


that battery compartment looks sketchy to me. I know we dont open them often. (just to take out the microSD or hard reset) but it looks like that could cause some issues down the road.

Other than that, the all metal design is pretty appealing but it's def a mid range device.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:03

24. GTS8500 (unregistered)


I think Samsung wave series phone are always concentrated as feature phones within the budget, not a high end smart phones..... Only Multitasking (MT) does not suffice for the definition of a smart phone ( i had already seen MT in one of the motorola razr series running on java, two year bfore). Its OS must be powerful like android & ios with the option to hav millions of apps to downloads, not an app to download million times...... but still sammy is going gud with bada taking lead from windows platform though mango update is still there to roll out....... So still bada needs to be improved. And BTW i am a user of Samsung Wave (GT S8500).

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 01:51

31. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


My sister has the Wave 2, and I have the Galaxy S. Very similar in spec, except for the screen, body material, LED flash, etc. IMHO (which my sister agrees with) the Galaxy S is far better due to (1) its screen, and (2) the huge amount of apps on the Android market. My SGS1 was high-end in its day but is decidedly mid-range this year. I knew this when I bought it 4 months ago, and I'm absolutely loving it.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:35

37. behnam (unregistered)


i dont like it

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 07:56

41. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


go Peter!

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 20:30

45. S8500 user (unregistered)


I am just disappointed that Samsung hasn't upgraded its camera & video. I'll definitely buy a Wave3 if it captures 1080p video. To me it is basically a Wave1 with bigger screen & faster CPU. Personally I think NFC is overrated. Better pay a bit more and get a Galaxy S2.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 17:08

46. Zeko (unregistered)


actually it is a nice phone :)

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 00:51

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posted on 29 Sep 2011, 05:16

48. jaswant (unregistered)


give me price of s8600 mob-
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posted on 29 Sep 2011, 05:31

49. jaswant (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


give me price s8600

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 04:15

50. puneet sethi (unregistered)


samsung ph,s are looking smart ph.. now samsung wave 3 look active,display is nice,
all over samsung wave 3 very nice nh smart ph...

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 23:48

51. bada user (unregistered)


bada phone is suck

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.96 x 2.53 x 0.39 inches
(126 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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