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MWC 2011: Samsung Wave 578 showcased, offers NFC support

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MWC 2011: Samsung Wave 578 showcased, offers NFC support

Samsung has unveiled the fourth phone running its proprietary Bada operating system, as it juggles its commitment to Android with fostering growth for its own nascent smartphone platform.

Showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MCW), the mid-range handset’s standout feature is support for Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow users to make Oyster card-style contactless payments for goods and services.

samsung wave 578

To Top10.com’s knowledge this makes it the first lower-grade phone to feature the tech, which has hitherto only been confirmed for top of the range Android mobiles.

Elsewhere, there’s a 3.2 megapixel snapper, a secondary VGA camera for video calling, a load of pre-installed Samsung apps and the usual array of connectivity options (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and USB 2.0).

Plans for a UK release are yet to be set in stone. However, it’s landing in France and Spain around May, so presumably we can expect to see it on these shores shortly after.

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