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Samsung To Launch Bada-powered Wave 725 Smartphone

Samsung hasn't apparently given up on its own inhouse mobile operating system, Bada OS, and another mid-range smartphone powered by the operating system has been unearthed.

Badaworld.net (opens in new tab) came up with additional details about the Wave 725 through the Bada 2.0 software development kit. It will come with a 3.65-inch HVGA capacitive display, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a VGA front-facing camera and a five-megapixel rear camera.

Bada 2.0 will bring NFC support, multi tasking, an enhanced user interface, improved security and much more while keeping the price as low as possible.

Samsung is currently the only manufacturer playing on so many different platforms; apart from its own Bada OS, Samsung has devices running on Symbian, Windows Phone and Android although it is almost certain that it makes the bulk of its revenue (from mobiles) from the latter.

Expect the Wave 725 to be launched in Q3 2011. Bada phones haven't been particularly well noted when it comes to functionality, performance or features like its application store, so they will be facing a tough challenge at the lower end of the spectrum, as Samsung will increasingly be forced by the competition to launch more powerful and cheaper Android handsets by the end of the year.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.