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Asus Plans 5MP Omnia Rival

Gordon Kelly


Asus Plans Touchscreen, 5MP Omnia Rival

Spoilt for choice...?

If Windows Mobile doesn't boil your blood then that certainly would seem to be the case as Asus is now the latest company seemingly prepping a power packed touchscreen smartphone.

The 'Glaxy7' as it is being codenamed is a 3.5in supposedly WVGA (800 x 480) screened handset with 3G connectivity, a 5MP camera with autofocus, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, aGPS, 4GB of native memory with a microSD expansion slot, trackball, an accelerometer and that infamous potential deal breaker: Windows Mobile 6.1.

If you can play nice with Microsoft's rather antiquated OS however there are plenty of additional joys to the Glaxy7, namely a whole raft of codec support (though no Ogg or Lossless audio) and at 115 x 59 x 13.8mm it is certainly packing a form factor to appeal to the masses. At four hours talk time isn't great but a potential 200 hours of standby (no doubt disabling WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, etc, etc) is impressive and it must be remembered these specs have not been confirmed by Asus itself.

An October launch for the Glaxy7 is mooted in the Far East with a European release likely to follow soon after if customer reaction is good.

12 months until the next iPhone model? It could be too long...


via wmpoweruser


September 15, 2008, 5:54 pm


well, the key to beat iphone is software.. software... software....

>knock, knock.

>Who's it?


September 15, 2008, 6:00 pm

RE: Codec support

As I said with the HTC Touch HD: Just install TCPMP (The Core Pocket Media Player - the WinMo equivalent of VLC) and you can play absolutely anything you want on any WinMo handset! Including FLAC and Ogg.


September 15, 2008, 8:36 pm

"12 months until the next iPhone model? It could be too long..."

dont be silly windows mobile is aweful


September 15, 2008, 8:42 pm

Think you're forgetting Windows Mobile 7 should be around about then, plus 12 months development of Android, RIM OS heaven-knows-what and the likes of Symbian catching up. This isn't all about Microsoft...

Can't win making positive noises about either side, can I? ;)


September 15, 2008, 9:19 pm

Why is the iPhone always mentioned?

Please some people are really sick of hearing about the iPhone. Many people just don't like or care about the iPhone. Nokia sells 450m handsets per year... Apple probably sold about 10m+ for it's entirety. It goes to show not everyone likes the iPhones.

TR please not every phone has to be compared to the iPHone...


September 15, 2008, 9:48 pm

plus the fact that the iphone OS is only available on an iphone *cough*macvspc. windows mobile and android will try to be on as many handsets as possible


September 15, 2008, 10:48 pm

@AlmostDone - sorry, but it is the obvious rival. It turned the market in this direction and as far as an individual model is concerned sales of over &#16310m units dwarf any other handset on the market.

You are right, many people DON'T care about it but clearly many people do and they want to know what other options are other there before making a buying decision.

I'm sure there are many topics in World news that don't interest you as well but do you expect Reuters, the BBC, the NYT, The Times, etc to just stop mentioning them because of their ubiquity?

Lastly, I think the title of this story clearly shows it was angled away from the usual iPhone referential fare!


September 15, 2008, 10:55 pm

"Asus Plans Touchscreen, 5MP Omnia Rival"

We all know that 'Omnia' is code for 'iphone'.

"Can't win making positive noises about either side, can I? ;)" ...err, no.


Oliver Levett

September 15, 2008, 11:38 pm

This reminds me of the Blackstone (Touch HD). Minimal controls, large screen, svelte dimensions, but no UI!

No doubt that this will at least have the latest radio hardware, and will probably be able to make a call without lying about signal strength with the stock ROM.

The only reason Apple have managed to make that much money is because of the ludicrous mark-up of the iPhone. It costs very little to manufacture, yet because it has a picture of some ones half eaten fruit on the back it sells. Maybe if advertising costs where taken into account the profits wouldn't be so big?

"dont be silly windows mobile is aweful"

Windows Mobile can actually do something other than look nice and cost too much money.

And then theres Android, WM7, Symbian, and various flavours of Linux.

Even if Apple fanboys won't accept it, WM is a far superior platform in terms of functionality. Functionality is included, although if you have more money than sense (hi iPhone buyers! *waves*), you're unlikely to notice that you just bought a very expensive bit of jewellery, that does even less than a pierced lip.


September 16, 2008, 12:19 am

@ lifethroughalens "We all know that 'Omnia' is code for 'iphone'" - I think you're getting a little obsessed ;)

Perhaps in the way black is code for white or football is code for home-made cheesecake?!


September 16, 2008, 1:03 am

what the iphone does it does far better then WM Oliver


September 16, 2008, 1:11 am

@ Gordon - I thought that lemon meringue space stations was the code for football? *confused*

Even though I have a well documented hatred of all things apple (and sony), I still have to be careful when passing my O2 shop that I don't just duck in to play with an iphone, for fear of actually liking it! I'm solid function over form and love WM and S60 for this, but I fear I might crumble come the Jesus MK3!


September 16, 2008, 2:23 am

The Nokia N95 has sold over 12m last time I checked (probably a lot more now) so no the iPhone doesn't dwarf anything...

gary gatter

September 16, 2008, 2:55 am

There are many phones out there that are much better than the iphone, for physical features, i.e much better screens, cameras etc... And much better functionality, i.e cut and paste, search in email and text messages etc... But the iphone interface is much better than Windows Mobile, so far. But on balance I would go for any of these 'other' phones rather than an iphone at present. And am eager to get my hands on an android phone.


September 16, 2008, 5:28 am

@AlmostDone - source please. Last I saw it had barely topped 3m over two editions.

@lifethroughalens - you haven't tried it but rant so much against us who all have? Suddenly the world is clear! Go have a play ;)

And for the record all this talk of features: best email, MP3 player, maps integration, YouTube integration, photos integration and web browsing integration seem pretty darn important featyres to my mind and ones I'd certainly trade extra megapixels for...

Oliver Levett

September 16, 2008, 12:57 pm

"what the iphone does it does far better then WM Oliver"

But, what does the iPhone do?


September 16, 2008, 3:59 pm

@Oliver - it's called reading the comment above yours ;)


September 16, 2008, 6:20 pm

look oliver all these phonemakers like htc were mincing for years, it was apple who have shook the industry and now all are trying to copy the iphone interface is like kungfu, the wm is like two drunks giving it large on a friday night muhahah


September 16, 2008, 6:53 pm

One thing a "iPhone rival" must definitely have to be a viable contender is a flush touchscreen. I don't care if it's resistive or capacitive (sp?), if you need to crane a nail (or stylus) right into the corner of a screen bezel to get to anything regardless of what it is (*ahem*scrollbar*ahem*) then it's a no-go. It's hard to tell whether this Asus handset fullfills this or not, but it looks like the Touch HD does...


September 17, 2008, 1:10 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - it doesn't sadly and companies need to redesign Windows Mobile more fully to avoid this in email, browsers, etc.

Fingers crossed for the next generation of TouchFLO in the Touch HD - we really need a decent UI alternative to the iPhone because if that can be achieved other companies certainly have the edge in terms of raw hardware specifications.

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