Samsung has just released the Bada-powered Wave II S8530, seemingly the true followup to the Wave S8500, despite the fact that both a Wave 2 S5250 and Wave 2 Pro S5330 have been released in the interim. Now it was clear from the spec sheets of the S5000-series that these were no improvements over the original Wave; WQVGA LCD displays and 3.15-megapixel cameras are not generally considered a step up from WVGA Super AMOLED screens and five-megapixel shooters with flash.
Perhaps the most interesting feature about the Wave II is that it doesn’t seem to offer many — scratch that, any — spec bumps over the S8500, save for screen size. And the 3.7-inch screen that you’re getting is somewhat tempered by the fact that its a Super LCD number, and not the 3.3-inch Super AMOLED that was such a big selling point for the Wave as well as the ubiquitous Galaxy S.
So does this mean that penultimate insider Eldar Murtazin was right: Samsung really has run out of AMOLED displays and needed to end-of-life the Wave in favor of a model distinctly less appealing? It sure looks like it from here, and now we’re starting to wonder when we’ll hear that the Samsung Continuum has shoved aside the Fascinate in Verizon’s lineup — and perhaps even replaced the popular S on all US carriers?