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Samsung Wave GT-S8500
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganBorn Smart
Compatible networksGSM: 850/900/1800/1900/2100
3G: 900/2100
3G: 850/1900 (NAM Version)
HSDPA: 3.6 Mbps
Availability by regionJune 2010
SuccessorSamsung Wave II GT-S8530
RelatedSamsung Galaxy S, Samsung Wave II S8530, Samsung Wave Y, Samsung Wave 575
Form factorSlate
Dimensions118 x 56 x 10.9 mm (72.0272 cm³)
Mass118 g
Operating systembada with TouchWiz 3.0
CPUARM Cortex A8 clocked at 1 GHz (Samsung S5PC110)
GPUPowerVR SGX 540
Storage1GB / 2 GB / 8 GB
Removable storagemicroSD(HC) up to 32GB
BatteryLi-Ion 1500 mAh
Display3.3" Capacitive touchscreen, 800x480 @ 283 PPI (0.38 Megapixels), Super AMOLED, (PenTile Matrix) display with Gorilla Glass
MediaMP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, AMR, WAV, MP4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, XviD, MKV, (FLAC bada 1.2)
Rear camera5 MP Auto Focus, EDOF, with LED Flash
Connectivity802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB
Data inputsT9 trace (bada 1.2), Abc, QWERTY, Multi-touch input method, Handwriting recognition
Other- Scratch-resistant surface (Corning Gorilla Glass)
- Smart unlock
- Accelerometer
- Proximity Sensor
- Magnetometer
- Digital compass

The Samsung Wave (or Samsung Wave GT-S8500) is a smartphone developed and produced by Samsung Electronics. It is the first smartphone to run the Bada operating system developed by Samsung Electronics, which was commercially released on May 24, 2010.[2][3][4] The Wave is a touchscreen phone powered by Samsung's "Hummingbird" CPU (S5PC110), which includes 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU and a built-in PowerVR SGX 540 graphics engine. It also has a "Super AMOLED" screen and 720p high-definition video capture capabilities. Due to shortage of Super AMOLED screens, Samsung released a successor to the device called Wave II and ceased production of the original S8500 model.



The screen is a 3.3-inch (84 mm) capacitive touchscreen Super AMOLED with an anti-smudge oleophobic coating on top of the scratch-resistant tempered-glass ( Gorilla Glass Display ). The screen resolution is 800x480 WVGA with 283 PPI.[5]


The phone features a 1 GHz SoC,[6] which internally contains an ARM Cortex A8 CPU core, the same model as Apple's A4 processor.[7] The graphics engine of the device is a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU which is said to be capable of generating 90 million triangles per second (same as the SoC used on the Samsung Galaxy S).


The phone features a 5 megapixel EDOF camera which supports 2560 x 1920 pixels, along with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face and blink detection, image stabilization, touch focus, etc. Shooting modes include beauty shot, smile shot, continuous, panorama and vintage shot. As a camcorder it is able to shoot HD recording (1280x720) at 30 FPS with flash. As well as this, it is also able to record slow motion video (320x240) at 120 FPS with flash.[citation needed]

Operating system

The Wave was the first phone with Samsung's own Linux based Operating System, Bada, meaning "Ocean". Samsung worked on the later versions of Bada 1.2 and later 2.0. Bada 1.2 was released to the world in a phased manner as it was designed to improve stability.

In January 2012, Samsung declared that it was planning to merge Bada with the Linux-based Tizen operating system that was developed in collaboration with Intel.[8] Despite the collaboration, was not supported by the Wave.

Unofficial ports of Android were made due to the restrictions and the eventual cease in development of Bada. Versions ported include Android Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow.[9][10][11][12]

Other features

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Other features include A-GPS, 2 GB/8 GB of internal storage with a microSDHC slot for an additional 32 GB. It also has a magnetometer (compass), a proximity sensor, an accelerometer, 5.1-channel surround sound Mobile Theater, music recognition, a fake call service, smart search, Social Hub and it is the first phone to support Bluetooth version 3.0.

Radio connectivity includes Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s.

This phone is available with both European/Asian 3G bandings and the North American 3G bandings. The North American 3G bandings version of the phone is a limited availability and is not available in the US.

Software features

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User interface

The phone is the first smartphone to feature the Samsung Bada operating system platform. The UI is Samsung's own Touch-wiz 3.0. Touch-wiz 3.0, like the two predecessors (Touch-wiz 2.0 and Touch-wiz), utilizes widgets. The three most notable widgets pre-installed in Touch-wiz 3.0 are Daily Briefing (which includes all essential information such as weather, finance, AP mobile news and schedule), Feeds and Updates and Buddies now (which allows users to call, send texts to and read Facebook/Twitter feeds off their favorite contacts). Users are allowed to have up to 10 home screens to add widgets.


For Internet browsing the Samsung Wave has the Dolphin Browser v2.0 (based on WebKit) (or 3.0 depends by the firmware version). This browser supports Flash, but it is disabled by default to improve page loading speed.

By default, the phone comes with Picsel Viewer which is capable of reading .PDF and Microsoft Office file formats. Users from selected countries can buy and download Picsel Office Editor from Samsung Apps.

As for Samsung Apps, users can also download applications, games and widgets from the application store.

Other software includes the GPS software that comes with this phone (LBS Route 66), Facebook, Twitter, social hub, mini diary, daily briefing, memo, video player, FM radio, media browser, voice recorder, e-mail and pre-installed Asphalt 5.

Media support

The Samsung Wave supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, AMR, WAV, MP4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, FLV, DivX, XviD, MKV and FLAC file formats. It also supports subtitles.

Bada 2.0 support

In many countries at the end of December 2011, the operating system was gradually updated to Bada 2.0. The first official Bada 2.0 version was LA1.

With Bada 2.0, the TouchWiz UI reached version 4.0, the GUI was completely redone, and included many new features, such as full multitasking, WAC, voice commands, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, ChatON, Caster, a new version of DLNA, social apps and the new Dolphin 3.0 browser with a download manager.

Android porting

Due to many owners of the phone disliking the Bada software many people have worked on porting the popular Android O.S to the Wave. The ported versions known are Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and Kitkat. However they are still being developed and some features, such as GPS, may be limited or not function as intended.

See also


  1. ^ "[DEV] The project to port Android(froyo) on … - Samsung Bada, Tizen Development and Hacking". XDA Developers. 29 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Samsung Wave, first Bada smartphone hits the market". Samsung (Press release). 24 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  3. ^ "Samsung Wave Family". Archived from the original on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
  4. ^ Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "How does the iPhone 4 pixel density stand in comparison?". 7 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Samsung, Intrinsity pump ARM to GHz rate". EETimes. Archived from the original on 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  7. ^ "Apple iPad and Samsung Wave share a brain". Engadget. AOL. 8 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Samsung to replace its Bada platform with Tizen".
  9. ^ "Samsung Wave (Bada) Gets a Taste of Froyo". xda-developers. Archived from the original on 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  10. ^ "Samsung Wave S8500 Gets ICS, Bada Users Everywhere Rejoice". xda-developers. Archived from the original on 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  11. ^ "Samsung Wave S8500 (Bada) Running Unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean". xda-developers. Archived from the original on 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  12. ^ "BadaDroid is Alive and Kicking! Android Marshmallow Available for Samsung GT-S8500 Wave". xda-developers. 6 February 2016.