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Samsung Wave II and Friends Join Bada OS Family

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Samsung has announced a sequel to the Samsung Wave and also added three other new devices to its range of Wave handsets, all of which are powered by its home-grown Bada OS

The new phones are the Wave II, the Wave 525, the Wave 533, and the Wave 575 and all feature Samsung’s Social Hub interface – a single inbox for all messages from mail, texts and social networks.

The Samsung Wave II

The latter three all share a 3.2in WQVGA TFT display and just 100MB of internal memory. There is an external microSD card slot however, that can accept cards up to 16GB in size. The Wave II is a higher-end device featuring a 3.7-inch Super Clear LCD touch screen, a 1GHz processer and a 5-megapixel camera. It will also feature the latest 1.2 version of Bada OS, which will bring a Swype-like keyboard input entry to the OS.

The Samsung Wave 525 is actually limited to EDGE speeds, and is already available in Russia where 3G coverage is still limited. The Wave 533 is equipped with a keyboard, and will also launch first in Russia from late October. Both of these will eventually be available in other markets, including Europe.

The Wave 575 meanwhile is a fully HSDPA capable device, and will launch first in Sweden, and then elsewhere in Europe and will be available in black, white and pink. The Wave II will be available from 10 November.
The Samsung Wave 575

While none of these phones can be described as headline grabbers it does emphasise Samsung’s commitment to its Bada OS, as a low cost and affordable smartphone and App Store enabled alternative to its higher profile Android devices.

“These… new devices in the Samsung Wave family represent Samsung’s commitment to delivering choice for smartphone users and ultimately democratising the smartphone market,” said JK Shin, president of mobile communications at Samsung, in a statement.

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