The Wave is Samsung's high end smartphone model that is introducing the Bada OS platform, the Korean chaebol's own proprietary mobile environment, to the UK market.
The phone comes with some rather interesting features that puts it right on the level of the HTC Desire, arguably the most popular smartphone on the market. Like the later, the Wave comes with a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a WVGA screen resolution.
It does however have a smaller screen (3.3-inch vs 3.7-inch), albeit one that uses Super AMOLED technology rather than the HTC Desire's mere inferior AMOLED-only.
Wave has a slightly more powerful battery compared to the HTC Desire (1.5Ah vs 1.4Ah) and the Samsung Wave comes with 2GB internal memory while the HTC Desire has only 512MB internal ROM.
The Wave finally beats HTC's smartphone, as far as hardware is concerned, by offering HD recording and playback, 5.1 Surround audio, Wi-Fi 802.11n and support for DiVX format all in a slightly smaller form factor.
On the other side, the HTC Desire comes with pinch-to-zoom and built in tethering. Then there's the fac that the HTC Desire comes with the more widely supported Android rather than Samsung's proprietary Bada OS.
Lambdatek is selling the Samsung Wave S8500 for only £301 while Vodafone will sell the device with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data for £25 per month.