Samsung Wave 3 stuffs 4" Super AMOLED display and 1.4GHz processor in an aluminum chassis

Samsung Wave 3 stuffs 4
Samsung Wave 3 was unveiled today, two days before the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin, which is a precursor to the company's IFA 2011 Expo appearance.

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 sports a good set of connectivity options, such as 14.4Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi Direct and, what's interesting about the A-GPS chip used, is that 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?

source: Samsung

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Wave 3
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 3.072 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8.50h talk time)

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74 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Yeeeeees ! This is the phone i've been waiting for, awesome specifications ! Gonna get this phone the same day it is available !

26. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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: Aug 03, 2011

Yeah, keep those bada articles coming PhoneArena : )

47. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well he is pretty much the only bada fan...

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: Apr 19, 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. PS. The back looks sexy though.

45. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

yes wave 2 looks better than this

4. kreneo

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

I bet Peter is the happiest man on Earth! You should shift to IOS, kinder rules!

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I'm really happy : D

5. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

nice specs, not the best resolution. im happy for ya peterfromsweden

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

the resolution is 800 x 480, which is the standard resolution...

48. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

its not up to par with high end standards... i.e. qhd retina etc...

49. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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: Aug 03, 2011

anyway, thanks for being happy for me !

8. N.P.M.G

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Peter I'm so happy for ya!!! Because you have three choices:) Have a very good day:)

9. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

thank you, i'll choose the Wave 3 thanks : )

10. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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: Aug 03, 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: May 10, 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: Aug 03, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Aug 03, 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: May 10, 2010

metals make it feels sturdier and well put together.

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: May 10, 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: Aug 03, 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: Aug 03, 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: Aug 03, 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: Jun 23, 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)!

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