Samsung Trio of Wave Handsets at IFA 2011: Bada 2.0 and ChatON

We’re currently waiting to see what Samsung announces about the US Galaxy S II at the product event to be held this evening, but while we wait why not take a look at a trio of new Wave handsets. Sammy just announced the new handsets running on its proprietary Bada 2.0 operating system and also featuring the new ChatON messaging system.

The new handsets will be debuted at IFA in Berlin this week and are the Wave 3, Wave M and the Wave Y. Pick of the bunch is the Wave 3, which will be powered by a 1.4GHz processor and includes a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 3GB of memory (expandable with a 32GB micoSD card slot) and a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus.

The mid-level Wave M features an 832MHz processor, 3.65-inch WVGA display and 150MB of onboard storage (expandable with 32GB microSD card) and 5-megapixel camera. Finally the entry-level Wave Y also includes an 832MHz processor but this time has a 3.2-inch HGVA screen and also a two-megapixel camera, as reported by Amar Toor over on Engadget, sourced from Samsung Tomorrow.

All three upcoming Wave handsets will also feature messaging platform ChatON and Sammy’s Social Hub but as yet there is no known release date or price available. Dieter Bohn over on This is My Next also reports on this trio of Wave handsets and notes that the Bada 2.0 OS is being very much targeted by Samsung at new smartphone users, although voice recognition, NFC and direct Wi-Fi sharing are all supported by Bada 2.0.

If you’re unsure about what ChatON has to offer, Samsung describes it thus, “A global cross-platform communication service links all your friends and contacts instantly. Micro-communities can be set up through group chat, while a web client allows the sharing of content and conversations between mobile and PC.” You can read the full press release at the Engadget link above.

We’d like to hear your thoughts on these new Samsung handsets. Could you be tempted by a Bada 2.0 phone? Let us have your comments.