Samsung is clearly not neglecting their Bada OS ambition, they just announced the new Samsung Wave II S8530 that’s even better than the original. The Samsung Wave II S8530 looks like its predecessor but it now sports a bigger 3.7-inch display. Surprisingly, unlike the Samsung Wave S8500, the new Samsung Wave II model S8530 junked the super AMOLED screen. This new Bada OS phone now sports Super LCD!
There’s a truth then to the industry rumor that Samsung is suffering from a serious shortage of AMOLED screens which forced them to just use Super LCD for the new Samsung Wave II S8530!
Other than the bigger display and different screen technology, the Samsung Wave II S8530 features the same hardware specifications similar to the original Samsung Wave S8500 model. It still sports 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, and Wifi b/g/n. There are no improvements in these areas but there are certain changes.
For comparison, the only difference might be more software-related since the Samsung Wave II S8530 will now ship with Samsung Bada OS 1.2 which includes a new USB icon, T9 Trace Type input that’s similar to Swype, and a faster User Interface. Samsung said the S8530 will be available for Europe starting November 2010.
Actual Samsung Wave II S8530 release date is still speculated upon by pundits and rumors have it that it could be on Halloween. The unsubsidized retail price of Samsung Wave II S8530 is €429 ($587). This is from the official announcement made by the manufacturers.
Are you going to buy this phone? It’s got superior hardware specs but Bada OS seems a lost cause because up until now, it still lacks free games and other apps that are booming in new Android phones like LG Ally, Verizon’s Motorola Droid R2-D2 Special Edition, Droid 2 World Edition, and iPhone 4. Read our reviews of these mobile phones to compare them with Samsung’s new Bada OS handset. To be honest, we are hesitant to buy it because there are many cheap android phones available in the market today, such as Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503, that we think can do better than the Wave II S8530 in terms of functionality.
It might take a while for Samsung Wave II S8530 apps to appear on Samsung’s very own app store. This is the same reason why the older Samsung Wave with Bada OS is still struggling in sales in the UK, Canada, US and even here in the Philippines. The pricing is high but we can’t download free apps to make it worth the cost.