Samsung Wave Y Preview

Samsung Wave Y Preview

The Samsung Wave Y is not exactly the most notable handset to celebrate the launch of bada 2.0, as it mimics the lowly specs of previous entry-level bada phones like the Wave 575.

The only tangible thing that seems upped except the version number of the operating system and the NFC chip addition, is the slightly higher screen resolution, but even at 320x480 it is only decent for the 3.2” screen. Moreover, the camera resolution has gone down from 3.2MP on the previous cheaper Waves to 2MP here, making you go “hmm”.

Having “Y” in the title is an indication that the phone is supposed to be priced sub-$200 without a contract, and is geared towards teens and emerging markets. Is the Samsung Wave Y just low-end, or low-end but with a twist that will justify its purchase over some affordable Android handset? Read on our preview to find out...


The Samsung Wave Y is actually a tad thicker and wider than the first batch of entry-level bada phones like the Wave 575, so it won't be winning any design contests in the compact department. The chassis takes a cue from the flagship Wave 3 bada phone with tapered edges and rounded corners, which is apparently the new look of bada phones.

The tapered back battery cover is trying to mimic a brushed metal pattern, but the phone is all-around plastic, and in the uninspiring black/grey combination at that.

The 3.2” display sports 320x480 pixels, which finally puts bada on par with most of the low-end Androids, and the screen actually sports decent viewing angles and sunlight visibility. Small text still looks jagged and letters interrupted with such resolution, though.

Underneath the display we have a large physical home key, flanked by two capacitive buttons that light up, ready for action, which is the only contemporary feature around the phone's design.

There is no LED flash for the 2MP camera on the back, just a speaker grill next to it, but we like that the microSD card slot is taken out of the battery compartment, and placed on the right side for easier access.

Overall, our prototype Samsung Wave Y unit looks and feels like a cheap smartphone, which we suppose would be surprising if it didn't.

Samsung Wave Y 360-degrees View:



1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1251; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I know this is a preview but bada still doesn't impress me at all.

2. fagpple unregistered

peterfromsweden will kill you because of your statement. you're a deadman.

3. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Oh no, an unflattering preview on a Bada phone. Looks like we're never seeing you-know-who back here again.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010


6. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

Looks like a C6-01. I'm not a Samsung hater. In fact, I'm a fan. But this has to stop. They need some originality. ( That was a meant as a constructive criticism)

7. qamz1

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

No Skype support, No Google Maps support, No Voice Guided Navigation like Nokia 5230 (for India) No NFC for India Version Wave Y GT-S5380K AGPS receiver is inbuilt but not working efficiently and fast as Google maps in Nokia 5230, I have both phone Loudspeaker volume very low though earpiece vol OK. Some 3G Network issues, No Network within Coverage, No issues with 2G, Only Incoming Full Duplex Video Call support, Apps are limited, Java Google maps not working as fullscreen touch. Browser doesnt support Full screen like Opera, Crappy thick opaque border of Dolphin3 browser. Touch Call End not working properly after screen OFF (Because of Proximity sensor) during conversation. No Good theme available. No Camera Autofocus
Wave Y
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.15 GB
  • Battery 1200 mAh(6.70h talk time)

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