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Samsung Wave 723 Keeps Bada OS Flame Alive


Samsung Wave 723 Keeps Bada OS Flame Alive

While we were pretty enthusiastic about the Samsung Wave as a handset, it’s still hard to see where its Bada OS fits in to the grand scheme of mobile OSs. However, Samsung is clearly persevering with its home-grown open-source OS, and has announced a second Bada handset – the Samsung Wave 723.

At 3.2in the display is a fraction smaller than the Wave's 3.3in, but only sports WQVGA resolution, which is 240 x 400, for those that don’t speak abbreviation; that's just a quarter of the 480 x 800 pixel resolution of it's namesake. However, thanks to the Bada 1.1 SDK, developers can auto-scale their applications to work on this second Bada OS phone. Additionally, the screen uses ‘mere’ TFT-LCD tech rather than the Super AMOLED used on the Wave.

Other than that, the specs are fairly similar to the Wave, so you get 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (but only 2.1), A-GPS, an accelerometer, a USB port and a 5-megapixel camera that record 320 x 240 resolution video.

There’s 90MB of memory on board, which isn’t much but the microSD card slot supports up to 16GB. A 3.5m headphone socket sits at the top, while the SoundAlive music recognition service is pre-installed.

With a TouchWiz 3.0 interface and a dolphin multi-touch enabled browser, this should make for an effective handset.

While the specs may be a tad underwhelming, it should make for a very affordable entry level smartphone and thus give Bada OS a logical place in the market. That said though, we still see Android handsets muscling in on much the same territory.

Link: Samsung UK


September 1, 2010, 10:09 pm

Bada will take off in other regions beyond EU & US; then in a couple of years once it's developed a following and market start to make inroads over here. Samsung are a juggernaught.


September 2, 2010, 1:38 am

@Benny Har-Even - "At 3.2in the display is a fraction smaller than the Waves 3.2in".

Must be a really small fraction then...=) Just thought I'd point that out.

Geoff Richards

September 2, 2010, 2:55 am

@JK: thanks - corrected. It should've read 3.3in, but what's 0.1in between friends, eh?

Of more substantial interest is the fact that while 240 x 400 looks like "half" of 480 x 800, because we're talking area it's actually one quarter of the resolution. Which is a drawback for web browsing, but should mean battery life is much longer should you, you know, need to actually make a call. Which seems increasingly rare these days with these pocket-sized laptop-esque smartphones.


September 2, 2010, 1:17 pm

@HK - but it is already competing with Nokia and Symbian in those markets. And if Android is pushed down to feature phones etc....

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