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Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

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Our Samsung Wave S8500 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Camera:

The 5MP camera of the Samsung Wave S8500 has autofocus and an LED flash. It is also able to record 720p HD videos. The camera interface is pretty simple, with simple black and white buttons. It may lack the eye candy, but is very easy to use. It works very fast as well.

Camera interface - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

Camera interface



Both indoor and outdoor shots made with our unit look well, with good detail levels. Colors are a bit washed out though, but jumping to conclusions based on the performance of a prototype is not really our thing. The HD video we captured however was nothing short of great, with high frame rate of 29.97. With such a performance, the Samsung Wave S8500 can easily replace your pocket camcorder. In addition to the video sample from the Wave, we have also included a video sample made with the Flip Mino HD so you can compare them. The camera of the Wave makes things slightly more overexposed, but we should not forget this is a prototype.

Samsung Wave S8500 sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
Flip Mino HD sample video at 1280x720 pixels resolution

Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

Outdoor pictures shot with the Samsung Wave S8500


Strong light - Indoor pictures with flash set to auto - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Medium light - Indoor pictures with flash set to auto - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Low light - Indoor pictures with flash set to auto - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Darkness - Indoor pictures with flash set to auto - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor pictures with flash set to auto



Multimedia:

When you have a Super AMOLED screen, you’d want to take full advantage of it. Samsung knows that and the Wave has the ability to playback HD video files in various formats like H.264, DivX and Xvid. Our unit had some trouble playing all kinds of videos, but we guess that’s a software issue that will get worked out by the time of the release.

Gallery - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Gallery - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

Gallery



Video playback - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Video playback - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

Video playback



The music player allows you to filter by different criteria very easily, thanks to the bar at the upper end. Turning the handset horizontally will display a nice interface with some more eye candy for you. The user experience is great, because of the perfectly smooth performance. We got the phone without any accessories, so we would have to wait for the review unit to see (actually, hear) what the sound quality through the headset from the box is. The speakerphone is bearable, with good loudness and much sharpness. On the whole, we’ve heard worse and better.

Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

The music player of the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
The music player of the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview
The music player of the Samsung Wave S8500 - Samsung Wave S8500 Preview

The music player of the Samsung Wave S8500



Expectations:

By the looks of it, Samsung has come up with a real winner in the form of its first bada smartphone, the Samsung Wave S8500 (note that we don’t even need to use the final unit to see if it will be great). It’s a  good-looking device, which can compare to the greatest products in the high end not only in terms of design, but in terms of features too, sporting a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen and fast 1GHz Samsung processor.  It will also support the latest in wireless technology with Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11n. The biggest obstacle for Samsung will be the need of a rich application ecosystem. Of course, we do not expect to see an extensive software catalog when the Wave launches in April, but if Samsung manages to catch up with the others fairly quickly, we will be ready to welcome bada as the next big thing in the world of mobile platforms.


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Our Samsung Wave S8500 Review is now published - click here to read it.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. debilev (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Nov 2007)


Ubercool phone! AT&T?

posted on 02 Mar 2010, 11:35

2. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Sweet phone, looks like Samsung is finally kicking it up a notch, BAM!

posted on 07 Mar 2010, 05:17

3. dtn_93 (unregistered)


I might get this i dont really care for iphone or android and the screen and the HD filming sounds awesome

posted on 04 May 2010, 12:20

4. syoody (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 May 2010)


I will probably buy it unless it's too expensive...

posted on 17 May 2010, 03:41

5. skybucks21 (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Dec 2009)


I'll go for this one than the iphone. Every phone that is coming out right now is better than iphone when it comes to features. The super amoled of Samsung beats the hell out of the iphone screen. Symbian functionality is way preferable. Camera Phones of SE and Samsung both kick the ass of the mediocre snapshots of iphone. The only thing which they cannot beat is THE LARGE LIBRARY OF APPLICATIONS provided BY APPLE ALONE! That sucks!

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 11:34

6. aneesh_1304 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)


i got this phone today and it is a very gud phone except for the browser(a bit slow) and a main thing it supports flash.........the music nd camera r amazing.......the screen is gorgeous

posted on 15 Oct 2010, 04:14

7. MSK (unregistered)


This phone is unavailable at all stores. Can anyone guide me where to get it at a best proce in Delhi/ NCR. Thanks.

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Display3.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (283 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
1000 MHz
Size4.65 x 2.20 x 0.43 inches
(118 x 56 x 10.9 mm)
4.09 oz  (116 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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