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MWC2010. Samsung - Bada, Wave and nothing else

Undoubtedly, Samsung's main event for this year's MWC took place yesterday with the announcement of their brand-new BADA-based flagship, Samsung Wave. You probably have already seen both articles on our main page, so we'll just move on to other things.

Preview of GSM/UMTS-hamdset Samsung Wave (S8500)

Samsung's booth was studded with the Wave prototypes and each one of them showcased something new - I particularly liked the part where they showcased the difference between Super AMOLED, ordinary AMOLED and a TFT-display - "seeing is believing", that wise man who coined the phrase couldn't say it better.

They also boasted their online app store, and we've got a video clip for you with a demo. We've already mentioned somewhere that it won't be limited to Bada-powered phones, and as far as its UI and functionality goes, it's not much different from Android's very own store. It displays application's download count, screenshots and comments from other users. Available lists: most popular, freeware, shareware, plus there is a search field. All in all, it's a decent store even by contemporary standards.

Samsung's Kies technology was demoed at their booth as well - in a nutshell it's the good old uPnP that comes with a special server-side application from Samsung that can be installed on your home PC. This app allows beaming data to other devices via WiFi, for example with Kies you'll be able to transfer an image from your camera to a TV set. We saw all that at the booth, and since you probably weren't there, you'll have to settle for this demo video, and also keep in mind that its sub-par speed was mainly due to the fact that the booth's WiFi was overloaded.

All visitors could also play around with various games created exclusively for this platform. Again, below you'll find a short video that'll give you a general idea of what Bada's games are like. As far as known brands go, we found Need for Speed, Asphalt 5, Homerun Battle 3D (featured in the video) there among other things.

Personally, I liked the Eco section, where Samsung demonstrated their eco package along with fuel cells for players and handsets.

The zone devoted to WiMAX and LTE I stumbled upon a Samusng-branded MID-device.

Also there were WiMAX base stations similar to the ones employed by Yota in Russia.

But the real surprise was waiting right around the corner - a convergence multimedia phone that boasts a desktop stand, 7-inch display, WiFi connectivity, finger-friendly interface, full-fledged browser and access to all online services, updatable firmware, IP-radio and so on. Although there was no mention of the OS it was running on, but it didn't look like it was Android. They didn't say when it would go on sale either, but I have a feeling that it wasn't something they were going to release into the wild after all, even though judging by its functionality, they could have launched it already tomorrow. Honestly, I'd really like to get one for a test drive.

Before I move on to the phones, I'd like to say a couple of words about accessories. Samsung definitely came prepared, as their booth played host to a whole array of different headsets, including Bluetooth headsets that allow you to plug in your own earphones. Their wired headsets for music-minded phones were also quite appealing, the best thing was there were plenty of them. By the way, that's another sign that Samsung are planning to foray into the segment of music playing phones shortly, but aren't ready to show us their gadgets yet.

As for mobile phones, there wasn't much to see at their booth, for the first time in years, I think. They definitely didn't want to distract visitors from the marvelous Wave and Bada, hence the S7200 didn't a place of its own, instead they demoed a bunch of insignificant models, including the E2370 - another ruggedized phone after the B2100.

It seems Samsung have come to love the idea of churning out whole series of phones, otherwise it's hard to find an explanation why they have launch the "Shark" line-up. We'll review one of these phones, the Shark 2, in a bit, so stay tuned!

Another brand-new phone family is "Monte" with its pretty good commercials - make sure you see it below.

Two other phones in the line-up are a classic candy-bar and a slider. By and large, the only things going for this series are WiFi connectivity and distinctive design, but that's about it.

Samsung Monte Slider (E2550) spec sheet:

  • Communications: GSM/GPRS 900/1800 Mhz
  • Size: 98,5x48,5x14,35 mm
  • Weight: 85,5 g
  • Display: 2-inch, QVGA resolution, TFT, up to 262K colors
  • Camera: 1,3 MP with video recording (MPEG4, H.263 15fps@QCIF)
  • Multimedia: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AMR, MIDI,SP-MIDI, i-melody, WAV
  • DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine) v 1.0; FM-radio
  • Memory: 12 Mb, microSD memory card slot (up to 8 Gb)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 / USB 2.0
  • Battery: 800 mAh Li-Ion

Samsung Monte Bar (C3200) spec sheet:

  • Communications: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
  • Size: 111,8x46,9x13,3 mm
  • Weight: 77,3 g
  • Display: 2-inch, QVGA resolution, up to 262K colors
  • Camera: 2 MP with video recording (MPEG4, H.263, H.264 15fps max, GCIF)
  • Multimedia: 64-tone polyphony, Midi, MP3, eAAC+, DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine); FM-radio, music recognition, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Memory: 40 Mb, microSD memory card slot (up to 8 Gb)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 / USB 2.0
  • Battery: 960 mAh Li-Ion

And once again they showcased a phone bundled with a mobile projector, this time around, running on Android.

Краткие технические характеристики Samsung I8520:

Stay tuned for more!

Eldar Murtazin (eldar@mobile-review.com)
Published — 15 February 2010

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