Samsung makes the Wave with Bada official

After being teased with a washed out banner image, leaked images on the Internet and stealthy screen shots of its gorgeous AMOLED screen, the Samsung S8500, or Wave, has finally become official.

In terms of hardware, the design is very Samsung-esque as it takes some cues from the Samsung Omnia II with sharpened angles and diamond-like patterns for the camera and front navigation button. Perhaps the most impressive feature is its 3.3 inch, 800 x 480 AMOLED screen that makes colors look bright and nicely saturated and blacks looking blacker than black. The 5.1 megapixel camera has face and blink detection as well as support for 720p HD video. Everything else seems standard with Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and 8GB on-board memory with support for 32GB SD cards.

Of course, the big deal here is Bada, Samsung’s new mobile platform coupled with its TouchWiz UI. The new OS will offer a wider array of application support and social networking integration. It looks like Bada is a way for Samsung to nudge feature phones into smartphone territory, and honestly, it’s about time everyone started moving in that direction.

[via PhoneScoop]