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Samsung Reinforces its Omnia Line-up with Four New Handsets

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Latest Omnia series

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SINGAPORE– Samsung announced the latest additions to its successful Omnia series at CommunicAsia 2009, an annual IT summit being held in Singapore from the 16th to the 19th of June.

Announced yesterday, Samsung added four more models to the Omnia line-up – the i8000 Omnia II, B7300 Omnia LITE, B7320 Omnia PRO, and B7610 Omnia PRO.

Another model – Samsung Jet – was unveiled at the “Samsung Unpacked” competition simulteanously held in Dubai, London, and Singapore. Samsung claims the Jet to offer the “very best in speed, power, and dominant performance”.

Similar to most of their predecessors, all the Omnia series models run on Windows Mobile 6.1, while the Jet is powered by Samsung’s inhouse OS with TouchWiz 2.0 interface. The Omnia i8000 and the B3700 are the only Omnia devices to be loaded with TouchWiz interface.

While the B7320 and the B7610 Omnia PRO models come equipped with full QWERTY keyboards, the i8000 and the B3700 are premium candybar phones with a new interface.

All the models are equipped with the next generation AMOLED screens except for the B7300 Omnia LITE, which continues to sport the TFT screen, inherited from its predecessor Omnia i900, the first Samsung phone under the Omnia branding.

Samsung I8000 Omnia II

Live images of Omnia II (Source:engadget)

Live images of Omnia II (Source: engadget)

The i8000 Omnia II is equipped with an unspecified 800MHz processor, making it the smartphone with the highest clockspeed in the market along with the Samsung Jet and the B7610 Omnia PRO. It sports a large 3.7″ AMOLED resistive touchscreen display with WVGA resolution; a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, autofocus, smile and face detection, and support for video recording at up to 30 fps.

The connectivity specifications include both HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps) and HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps), along with quadband GSM, Wi-Fi, A- GPS, USB and Bluetooth.

Other features include an internal memory of 8/16GB, and a  microSD memory card slot (expandable up to 32 GB). The Omnia II will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 interface. Other features in the software department include support for mobile blogging, photo/video editor, and DivX/Xvid playback on its media player.

No official launch date has been announced in Singapore, but unconfirmed reports suggest that the device may reach the market this October.

Samsung i8000 Omnia II live hands-on video:

Samsung B7300 Omnia LITE

Omnia Lite with the new TouchWiz 2.0 interface

Omnia LITE with the new TouchWiz 2.0 interface (Source: GSMArena)

The Samsung B7300 Omnia LITE inherits most of its features from the Samsung i900, but is positioned at a much lower level with a downsized camera of 3.2 megapixel resolution.

The B7300 is powered by an ARM11 667MHz processor, part of a  processor series widely used by Nokia in its S60 smartphones.

The Omnia LITE is loaded with quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) connectivity, dualband HSPA (900 / 2100) connectivity, a 3.0″ TFT screen capable of rendering 16M colours at a resolution of 240×400 pixels; a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, smile detection, no flash, and VGA recording at 30 fps; Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, USB, 250MB internal memory, and a microSD memory card slot (expandable up to 32 GB).

The device will run on Windows Mobile 6.1, along with Samsung’s proprietory TouchWiz 2.0 interface. The software platform comes pre-loaded with a document viewer,  multi-push email access, navigation software, and DivX/Xvid media player.

No news on the phone’s availibility as of yet.

Samsung B7610 Omnia PRO

Live image of Samsung 7610 OmniaPRO (Source:engadget)

Live image of Samsung B7610 OmniaPRO (Source: Engadget)

The Samsung B7610 Omnia PRO is a QWERTY slider phone which features quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) connectivity, dualband HSDPA (900/2100MHz) connectivity, a large 3.5″ AMOLED screen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels capable of rendering 16M colours; a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, panaroma shot, and best shot; A-GPS, Wi-Fi (with DLNA certification), Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

The device comes with an internal memory of 1GB and a microSD memory card slot for expansion up to 32GB.

It is powered by an unspecified 800MHz processor with dedicated graphics, making it the fastest of the Omnia series devices.

The B7610 will run on Windows Mobile 6.1  and will come pre-loaded with business card scanner, photo/video editor, Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer), and DivX/Xvid media player.

With its hardware and software capabilities, this phone would have to be the priciest of all the Omnia devices announced by Samsung yesterday.

Samsung B7610 Omnia Pro live hands-on video:

Samsung B7320 Omnia PRO

Samsung B7320 OmniaPRO

Samsung B7320 OmniaPRO

Following in the lines of Nokia’s highly successful E71 and the recently announced E72, Samsung have announced their very own candybar QWERTY-yielding smartphone in the form of the B7320 Omnia PRO.

GSMArena speculates that the B7320 is simply the Eurasian version of AT&T’s Samsung i637 Jack. Specifications-wise, the B7320 is dwarfed by its higher-powered cousins in the Omnia series.

The phone is powered by an unspecified 528MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.

Other features include quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) connectivity, triband HSDPA (850/1900/2100MHz) connectivity, a 2.4″ TFT screen with a resolution of 320×240 pixels capable of rendering 65k colours, a 3.15 megapixel camera supporting video recording, 266MB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot (expandable up to 16 GB), A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

Powered by Windows Mobile 6, it comes pre-loaded with Windows Media Player 10, IM clients for Windows Live, Yahoo!, and AOL, as well as Adobe Flash Lite,  Microsoft Outlook Mobile, and Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer).

At the moment there are no news on the availability or the pricing of the B7320 Omnia PRO, and of the B7300 Omnia LITE.

Samsung S8000 Jet

Live image of Samsung Jet

Live image of Samsung Jet (Source:engadget)

The Samsung S8000 Jet had been shrouded in mystery until the 15th of June, when it was unveiled simultaneously in Dubai, Singapore, and London, at the “Samsung Unpacked” event.

Prior to this, only an X-ray image of the device was made available to the media, which was covered in our earlier post. Powered with a 800MHz processor, the Jet runs on Samsung’s inhouse OS loaded with TouchWiz v2.0 interface.

Other specifications include quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) connectivity, dualband HSDPA ( 900/2100MHz) connectivity, a 3.1″ AMOLED screen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels capable of rendering 16M colours; a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, smile and blink detection, wide dynamic range, and video recording with a resolution of 720×480 pixels at 30fps; internal memory of 8/16 GB , a microSD memory card slot (expandable up to 16 GB), Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

The device comes pre-loaded with a digital compass, Media Gate 3D, Smart unlock (which brings gesture controlled unlock and access to menu and other applications), and DivX and Xvid player.

It also sports a 3.5mm headphone jack, along with DNSe and SRS technology to appease the music enthusiasts.

Although there has been no official announcement on the release date, Engadget have reported that the Samsung Jet will be available on Vodafone UK for free on a 2-year contract.

Even though devices with 800MHz processors look great on paper, Engadget, whom got their hands on review units, have reported that the devices are “fairly slow in regular operation”. This may be due to the sluggish OS (Windows Mobile 6.1 and Samsung’s very own OS), or the processor of which very little is known, other than its clockspeed as of now. Whether Samsung will be able to capture a reasonable share of highly competitive smartphone market, is something that is likely, provided that the pricepoints are reasonable.

Samsung S8000 Jet live hands-on video:

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By , Chief International Correspondent on Jun 17th, 2009 GMT +2

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