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Samsung Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro showcased

Samsung Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro showcased

The Samsung Wave 2 and its Pro variant will be arriving later in the year, bringing with them further support for the proprietary Bada operating system that Samsung is continuing to emphasise.

The high-end Samsung Wave may not appeal to the mainstream consumer, but its stablemates will be priced to attract more attention and will come with rather more basic hardware to make this possible.

The Wave 2 sports a standard 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen display and a three megapixel camera is on the rear with no high definition recording capabilities in sight.

Connectivity is supported via Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth standards and the Bada platform is augmented with the TouchWiz user interface, with which long-term Samsung users will be familiar.

One key clue to the handset's entry-level credentials is the complete lack of 3G networking on both versions of the Wave 2, which means that the Social Hub service provided by Bada will get information and updates in a trickle rather than a stream when you are out and about.

The main difference between the Wave 2 and the Wave 2 Pro is that the Pro has a full QWERTY keypad arranged in a landscape orientation that slides out from beneath the top half.

Samsung is first launching these smartphones in Asia and Russia, although if it wants to make Bada a competitive platform it will need to bring these budget mobiles westwards before it is too late.

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