Display wars: Samsung Wave (Super AMOLED) vs. Google Nexus One, Nokia X6, Samsung S8000

The just-announced Samsung Wave S8500 brings two important new things to the market.

First, it’s the Bada OS, Samsung’s own smartphone operating system, announced back in 2009. And secondly, it’s the Super AMOLED touchscreen display – which seems to put to shame all the other displays included into mobile phones until now.

Mobile-review has just posted a preview of the Samsung Wave S8500 – it would have been a full review, but the Wave they currently have is a pre-production unit.

One of the most interesting parts of this Samsung Wave S8500 review / preview is the comparison between the handset’s Super AMOLED display and the displays of Google Nexus One (AMOLED display), Nokia X6 (TFT display with 16 million colors) and Samsung S8000 Jet (AMOLED display). See the comparison photos below.

Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Google Nexus One:

Samsung Wave S8500 Google Nexus One AMOLED display

Samsung Wave S8500 Google Nexus One AMOLED display 2

Samsung Wave S8500 Google Nexus One AMOLED display 3

Samsung Wave S8500 Google Nexus One AMOLED display 4

Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Nokia X6:

Samsung Wave S8500 Nokia X6 AMOLED display

Samsung Wave S8500 Nokia X6 AMOLED display 2

Samsung Wave S8500 Nokia X6 AMOLED display 3

Samsung Wave S8500 vs. Samsung S8000 Jet:

Samsung Wave S8500 Samsung S8000 Jet AMOLED display

Samsung Wave S8500 Samsung S8000 Jet AMOLED display 2

Samsung Wave S8500 Samsung S8000 Jet AMOLED display 3

The Super AMOLED display has only one touch-sensitive layer, which brings several advantages: high readability in direct sunlight, vivid colors, and increased display lifetime.

As a bonus, here’s a video showing both the Samsung Wave S8500 and the Google Nexus One (it’s in Russian, but you can see just how good the Wave’s display is):

Other interesting facts about the Samsung Wave S8500: Bada OS has TouchWiz 3D 3.0 UI on top, and it features lots of widgets. The UI seems speedy, and it supports multitasking, although it looks like the web browser (WebKit-based with Flash support) and the camera can’t run at the same time.

Speaking of the camera, it seems the 5MP camera of Wave S8500 is similar to the one of the Samsung Jet S8000, the only difference being Wave’s ability to record HD video.

Samsung Wave S8500 review

As previously announced, the Samsung Wave S8500 will be available starting April. Eldar Murtazin says that the phone’s price will be around €450 ($610), which is not that much, given the handset’s features.

Eldar also says the Wave S8500 is “one of the most capable solution among all smartphones and feature phones around, a true milestone in its class, with no other offering being even close to it in terms of price/quality ratio and feature pack” – and you should read his full Wave preview here.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • taylorlauder

    Overall, I believe that the fast processor and the display are the two pillars of the Samsung Wave. At the moment, the proprietary OS and the current lack of apps are a bit of a turn off, but Samsung is trying really hard to ramp this up quickly. Time will tell.
    Also, the super AMOLED live up to its name for providing a brighter luminance even under the sun. More: http://bit.ly/samsung-wave-s8500-opinions

  • taylorlauder

    Overall, I believe that the fast processor and the display are the two pillars of the Samsung Wave. At the moment, the proprietary OS and the current lack of apps are a bit of a turn off, but Samsung is trying really hard to ramp this up quickly. Time will tell.
    Also, the super AMOLED live up to its name for providing a brighter luminance even under the sun. More: http://bit.ly/samsung-wave-s8500-opinions