Samsung Galaxy S i9000 and S8500 Wave smartphones to arrive in India

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 13:07 by Tech Correspondent

The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S and S8500 Wave smartphones are on their way to Indian markets.

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Photo: Samsung Galaxy S i9000

While the Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is an Android smartphone, the S8500 Wave will run Samsung’s own Bada OS.

The two smartphones from the Samsung stables were made official sometime earlier this year.

The Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is an Android handset with a 4 inch super AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. The 4 inch display is significant, as it makes this smartphone Samsung’s biggest touchscreen device ever.

Running Android 2.1 OS and powered by a ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, the Samsung i9000 Galaxy S has a 5 megapixel camera sensor, and support for HD video playback, plus the Social Hub that provides access to various social networking websites. The add-ons include a Swype virtual QWERTY keypad and the Thinkfree software that opens and edits Microsoft Office 2007 documents. Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI is overlaid on the Android interface. Some of you would definitely prefer to get rid of it, we are sure.The phone can be upgraded to Android 2.2.

The Samsung Galaxy S i9000 phone supports quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G – useful when 3G finally comes to India. You also get WiFi, stereo bluetooth, a secondary camera for video calls. There are no pre-installed apps for GPS, say some reviews, but Android includes a Google Maps application – and that is as good as most of us want it.

Further, Samsung has incorporated a feature called mobile Digital Natural Imagine engine (mDNIe) and has explained that it would give more clarity to on-creen images. If you would remember, Samsung had earlier employed this technology in its LCD and LED TVs.

While the 5 megapixel camera should keep you happy, the phone is missing a Flash – and that is unfortunate in a phone that is priced at the top end of the market.

Meanwhile, the second mobile phone that is to arrive in India is the Samsung S8500 Wave that runs on the Samsung Bada OS. The S8500 too has a super AMOLED 3.1 inch display. Features include a 5 megapixel camera placed at the back and connectivity via Bluetooth 3.0 HSDPA and Wi-Fi. The phone will also sport an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and the Samsung TouchWiz UI 3.0.

The Samsung i9000 Galaxy is priced at a rather high Rs 28,000 in India, while the Wave is priced at Rs 25,000.

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