The first prices and release dates for the Samsung Wave S8500 have been released, and the device is certainly gearing up to be a solid high-end debut for the manufacturer’s new proprietary operating system, dubbed ‘Bada’.
Play.com has the handset listed for a 17th May release date and pricing of £339.99 (€378.55), whilst Amazon.de jumps the gun for Germany at a slightly more costly €429. However, the latter isn’t quite taking preorders just yet…although word is that an early May release date is on the cards.
A landmark phone for the Korean manufacturer in more ways than one, the Wave S8500 is the first handset to run on Samsung’s new Bada operating system, as well as being the forerunner to sport new Super AMOLED technology, powering the 3.3-inch touch display.
This should mean lower battery drain as well as a nice line in outdoor viewing angles, whilst the reported 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera (including flash), high definition video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi support and 3.5mm audio jack should make this a quasi-smartphone to be reckoned with.
UPDATE: We have been doing a little digging, and have heard that the first week of May has been pencilled in a few retailer calendars as a release window for the first Samsung Wave deals…we’ll let you know more when we get it!