Samsung Wave (GT-S8500)

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Samsung Wave front, running Bada 2.0

The Samsung Wave (model GT-S8500) is a flagship Bada OS smartphone announced on February 14, 2010 and released in May 24 of the same year.

It was their first phone to feature a Super AMOLED display, a Samsung's slight enhancement to the AMOLED display, which features an integrated touch screen sensor. It features an in-house 1 GHz Samsung S5PC110 (Hummingbird/Exynos 3110) SoC with PowerVR SGX540 GPU, which delivers outstanding performance for the interface and the apps. The 5 MP autofocus camera was also capable of recording high definition videos up to 30 FPS with the 720p resolution, which was uncommon for the most smartphones at the time, and the third Samsung device overall to do it, following the Instinct HD and Omnia HD (GT-i8910).[1] The success of the Wave led to the mid-range Wave phones release, such as Wave 525, subsequently becoming an eponymous series of the Bada-based mid-range and high-end smartphones.

Following the fast sales of the original Wave and a shortage of Super AMOLED displays, Samsung has released the successor to the model, Wave II, which is bigger in size, but uses Super Clear LCD over the Super AMOLED. Apart from these specs mentioned, there weren't many differences between these models.[2] After the release of the successor, Samsung reportedly ended the manufacturing of the original Wave and cancelled the planned Android South Korean release following the Super AMOLED shortage.

The Wave was initially launched with Bada OS 1.0 preinstalled, announced back in November 2009 as an "open-source mobile platform". Unlike the other Wave handsets (except Wave 525 and Wave 533), it could be updated to Bada 2.0. The update for the original Wave was received two months after the release of the Wave III, Wave M and Wave Y.[3]. People from XDA Developers have also ported Android to this device, starting with 2.2 Froyo and going on with further Android versions up to 6.0 Marshmallow.[4][5]

It was available either in Ebony Gray and Metallic Black colorways.

Variants

  • GT-S8500M
  • SHW-M120S: Planned South Korean release for the Wave exclusively for SK Telecom, but it was cancelled due to the Super AMOLED displays shortage, and later released the SHW-M210S, which is a Wave II variant. Unlike the original Wave, it runs Android 2.1 Eclair.

Related phones

  • Samsung Wave II: Successor, uses a Super Clear LCD over the Super AMOLED and is bigger in size.

Specs

Basics

GT-S8500
HW Platform/ChipsetSamsung S5PC110 Hummingbird/Exynos 3110 (single-core; 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8)
Media DSP/GPUPowerVR SGX540
SW Platform/OSBada OS 1.0, upgradeable to Bada OS 2.0
Display 480 x 800, Super AMOLED, 16m colors, Gorilla Glass
Sub-displayNo
Physical display size3.3"
LED IndicatorNo
SensorsGPS, A-GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, magnetometer
Flash memory1 GB/2 GB/8 GB
RAM256 MB LPDDR
Memory card slotmicroSDHC
Phonebook capacityUnlimited (depending on the user memory)
Charging and data connectormicroUSB
Regulatory infoFCC ID: A3LGTS8500 (approved 2010-02-02)
Retail price~380-430 EUR (unlocked)[6]
~25 EUR/month (Vodafone; on-contract)[7]

Connectivity

GT-S8500
Operating modesGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz
DataCSD, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Push-to-talkNo
WLAN802.11b/g/n
SIM sizemini SIM
IrDANo
Bluetoothv3.0
Bluetooth profilesHSP, HFP, SPP, DUN, FTP, OPP, BPP, SIM-A, A2DP
PC LinkMass storage, Samsung Kies, PC Internet, Windows Media Player
Data tetheringvia USB

Input

GT-S8500
Input methodsVirtual QWERTY, T9, predictive text
Touch screenCapacitive
Soft keysCall, home, end/power
Side keysPhone lock key, volume rocker

Media

GT-S8500
Rear camera5.0 MP (2560 x 1440), autofocus, flash light
Shooting modes, exposure, auto contrast, timer, white balance, ISO, effects, exposure metering, outdoor visibility, anti-shake, blink detection, geotagging
Video recordingHD (1280 x 720) @ 30 fps
Front cameraVGA (640 x 480)
Supported image formatsJPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Supported sound formatsMP3, OGG, AAC, AC3, AMR, WMA, WAV, MID, IMY, FLAC, MXMF, MMF
Supported video formats3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV
Speaker configurationEarpiece, mono loudspeaker
Line out3.5mm
SynthesizerMobileBAE, Mobile_0300_base
FM radioStereo with RDS, external antenna
ExtrasTV-out, AllShare, Samsung Apps

Messaging

GT-S8500
SMSYes
MMSYes
IMYes (Social Hub, ChatON, Windows Live, Yahoo!, SamsungGtalk included)
EmailIMAP, POP3, SMTP

Software

GT-S8500
JavaMIDP 2.1, CLDC 1.1
Max JAR size: Unlimited
Max heap size: Unlimited
Java APIsJSR 82 Bluetooth API
JSR 120 Wireless Messaging API (WMA)
JSR 135 Mobile Media API (MMAPI)
JSR 172 Web Services API
JSR 177 Security and Trust Services API (SATSA)
JSR 179 Location API
JSR 184 Mobile 3D Graphics (M3G)
JSR 185 Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI)
JSR 205 Wireless Messaging API (WMA) 2.0
BREWNo
MophunNo
Flash Litev4.0
MediaTek MRENo

Accessories

Batteries

Charger

  • Any microUSB charger

Cable

  • Any microUSB cable

Pre-loaded content

Apps

  • BookReader
  • Caster
  • YouTube

Games

All of these games are demos.

  • Hexxagonlabs
  • Farm Frenzy
  • Twice

Gallery

Phone

Interface

Bada 2.0

References