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.



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.


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.




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51 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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 ?

3. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

they mentioned that it has a hummingbird processor.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sans = without

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sans means it doesn't have the live wallpapers.

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Ok, thanks.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

15. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

25. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

33. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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. :)

4. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

"sans" = "without"

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

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.

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

14. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

27. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

44. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

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

28. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

29. Wavesdasd unregistered

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

34. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

They said that it was hummingbird. :|

35. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

30. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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.

10. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

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

11. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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.

16. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.
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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