Samsung Omnia family

Finally got a chance to play with the 4 new Samsung Omnia phones that was launched during Samsung Unpacked. I was pretty surprised that the Samsung Unpacked event was only focusing on the Samsung Jet and there is totally no mention of the 4 new Omnia phones that Samsung had launched together.
The Omnia family is a series of Samsung Smartphone running on Windows Mobile. I like companies that have sub-brand for their products. It helps us understand some of the key features of the phone just by looking at the name. This sub-brand decision also explains why the previously named Omnia HD has been renamed as i8910HD, since it is running on S60 instead of Windows Mobile.
Anyway, I got a closer look at the 4 new Omnia phones at CommunicAsia last week.
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Omnia Lite B7300 seems like an entry level smartphone. You don’t have any fanciful specs or features. Comes with a 3.0 inch WQVGA TFT display. Its a full touch screen phone without any physical Qwerty keyboard or number pad. 3 megapixel autofocus camera. 3.6 Mbps HSDPA, WIFI, Bluetooth and A-GPS. Comes with the new TouchWiz 2.0 user interface. There is no mention of the pricing for the Omnia Lite B7300 yet, but I expect it to be at entry level pricing.
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Omnia Pro B7610 is a 3.5 inch AMOLED touch screen phone with a slide out Qwerty keyboard at the side. The AMOLED screen, like the i8910HD and Samsung Jet, is beautiful. The Omnia Pro B7610 is said to be running on a 800MHz CPU. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, a fast processor will be useful. 5 Megapixel autofocus camera. 3.6 Mbps HSDPA, WIFI, Bluetooth and GPS. The Omnia Pro B7610 is designed for business users. There is a Business Card Recognition software for you to enter business card into your contact list. Support for multiple push emails account. Microsoft Office Suite for viewing and editing documents. There is even a Work & Life mode for switching between work and leisure time.
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Omnia Pro B7320 is another Omnia phone with Qwerty keyboard. But instead of a side slide out keyboard, the Omnia Pro B7320 comes with a portrait keyboard. 2.4 inch TFT screen. Note that this is NOT a touch screen. Comes with a 3 megapixel autofocus camera. 3.6 Mbps HSDPA, WIFI and Bluetooth. Sad to say, GPS is missing on this phone.
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Omina II (I8000), as the name suggest, is the successor for Samsung’s successful Omnia phone. Comes with a beautiful 3.7 inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen. There is no physical Qwerty keyboard or number pad. 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual power LED flash. New TouchWiz 2.0 user interface. 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, WIFI, Bluetooth and A-GPS. There is no mention of the colours anywhere in the press release and specs. But from the press kit, I saw a black and a while Omnia II photos. And the white Omnia II looks pretty nice.
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TouchWiz 2.0 interface in available on Omnia II, Omnia Lite B7300 and Omnia Pro B7610. It is not on Omnia Pro B7320 as it does not have a touch screen. One of the best thing I like about the new TouchWiz 2.0 interface is the Task Switcher. It makes multi tasking and switching between applications a breeze. Oh, the TouchWiz 2.0 interface is also on the Samsung Jet.
All the 4 new Omnia phones comes with Windows 6.1 professional. They are updatable to Windows Mobile 6.5 when the new OS is available.

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