Samsung’s First Bada Phone Going to UK’s Vodafone on June 1

The smartphone OS world is certainly heating up—and another major player may be entering the game: the UK’s Vodafone has announced that the Samsung Wave—the first phone to hit the market with Samsung’s new Bada operating system—will be on sale starting June 1. Pre-orders are available now—and the phone will be free with monthly payment plans of £25 or higher.

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The Samsung Wave features a 5 megapixel video-capable camera, a 3.3-inch super AMOLED touchscreen display, 2 GB of built-in memory (with microSD expansion), integrated GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 5.1 surround audio, 3G HSDPA and GPRS mobile connectivity, along with quad-band GSM calling—all built on top of a 1 GHz processor.

The star of the Samsung Wave is supposed to be the company’s new smartphone operating system, Bada, which enables users to create multiple home screens with shortcuts and menus to get to functions faster and more efficiently. Users can quickly share photos and keep up with social networking sites, including a new “Social Hub” that enables users to collect SMS, social networking updates, all in one place. The phone’s interface is based on Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, which has garnered some praise and some criticism in the past; among the more interesting aspects of Bada are promised for Adobe Flash support and in-application purchases. Samsung will also be offering its own Bada apps store called Samsung Apps.

The Samsung Wave will be available for free to Vodafone UK users with a 24-month, £25/month service plan or an 18-month £30/month plan; pre-orders are available now.

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