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Samsung Wave 578 will get UK release, with Orange NFC payment features

Oh, hello Wave 578, we heard from you on Valentines Day, but you said you weren’t coming to visit us. But now you’ve had a bit of a restyle, been promised the latest Bada software (later) and Orange has decided to give you a go, and you’ll have some of that contactless payment action – with a phone that promises to be a fair step-up from the Samsung Tocco QuickTap.

The Samsung Wave 578 has a 3.15-megapixel rear-facing camera, with a camera for video-calls on the front. There’s 16GB of built-in memory, expandable by microSD card. There’s a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, and it’ll be the second Samsung-Orange tie-in to feature NFC payment. Orange expects that, by the end of 2011, over half of their new smartphones will be ‘optimised’ for NFC payment features.

Orange have posted a coming soon page for the phone, and it’s had some subtle design changes since it was first announced, with a squareish button replacing the circular one found below the screen previously. No specifics on a release date or pricing just yet, though it’s currently labelled as ‘free’ on certain pay-monthly tariffs. More when we get it.

Via: SoMobile

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