After having a go at the original Wave S8500, we still have our reservations on the bada platform developed by Samsung. There’s nothing wrong with the hardware but the bada OS, although brilliant in some aspects, fell short in most others making it a bit of a hit and miss affair.
With Android being ever present and the iPhone being annoyingly ubiquitous, it’s difficult for us to recommend the bada over the others. Samsung still has a long way to go but at least they are heading in the right direction.
Having covered the high-end segment with the Wave S8500, Samsung brings into the market an entry-level bada device of sorts.
The Samsung Wave 723 brings with it a 3.2in 400×200 LCD screen. Connectivity comes in the form of WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and 7.2Mbps HSDPA. There’s also 5MP camera (presumably of the same quality as on the high-end Wave) with flash, and although it does video, it doesn’t do it in 720p. There’s 90MB of on-board memory and that’s pretty much it.
No word on pricing, processor and much else but we’re expecting it to be at least RM300 cheaper than the high-end Wave with a processor speed of somewhere around 600Mhz or so.
We have to say that this Wave 723 is not really something we’re terribly excited about but it does look much better compared to the Wave S8500.
The Wave 723 will make its debut in Germany this September and will be introduced gradually into other markets including the SEA. Look out for it first here.