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Samsung Launches Spec-tacular 'OmniaHD'

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Samsung Launches Spec-tacular 'OmniaHD'

I make no bones about it and 68 comments aren't changing my mind: the Samsung Omnia was one of the (if not the) worst touchscreen phones of last year and had I been reviewing it 7/10 would've been a distant dream. This though my dear chums looks much, much better...

Rather reminiscent of the HTC Touch HD in both naming and feature set, the 'OmniaHD' features a stunning 3.7in AMOLED 16:9 360 x 640 pixel display and will happily playback and capture 720p video at 24fps. Yes, it almost has us at 'display'.

That is far from the end of the story however as the impressive handset comes packing HSUPA, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, a choice of 8GB or 16GB of storage plus a microSDHC expansion slot and an eight megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and smile detection. Add to that native DivX/Xvid playback, an FM tuner, video editing and reasonable dimensions of 123 x 58 x 12.9mm. Oh and if 'HSUPA' has your head in a spin that means potential 7.2Mbit HSDPA download speeds combined with up to 5.76Mbps uploads. Yep, Wow.

Given this is a touchscreen Samsung though two important questions remain:

1. Has Samsung finally embraced a capacitive touchscreen like the only truly responsive models out there (iPhone, Palm Pre and T-Mobile G1) or stuck with a frustrating, stylus loving resistive panel?

2. Has Samsung improved upon the truly abhorrent UI featured in the original Omnia? (The primary reason why that handset was truly hideous).

Critically at this stage, Samsung has not answered these points, but if they can get their act together this is going to be one phone that will cause the competition sleepless nights. If not, then once again it's just another ill-thought out spec monster that will fail to live up to the promise of its components...

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Press Release

NitrousAvster

February 17, 2009, 1:46 am

It sounds good, but i read that when they tested the "HD" video the battery only lasted 40 minutes, if this was only because it as a pre-production model then it looks like a good buy.


Does anymore know it it has a "G-sensor"?

M0J0 78

February 17, 2009, 4:37 pm

Do we know if this one will have a 3.5mm jack? And by the way the touchscreen isn't that bad on the Omnia. With the right apps i.e. SPB the phone works like a dream. Pants battery though so I hope the above comment isn't corrent.

Gordon394

February 17, 2009, 6:37 pm

Yep, 3.5mm jack, no idea on other aspects as yet though. Unofficial specs here, but we're holding tight for the minute as Expansys has been wrong many times in the past: http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx...

Gordon394

February 17, 2009, 8:07 pm

My worst fears come true... http://i.gizmodo.com/5154841/h...

M0J0 78

February 18, 2009, 6:21 pm

Oh B@*#ER! Of well. Looks as though the more geeky amongst us will have to put the new SPB shell and skins pack over the top of it. problem solved. Admittedly - not great for the mass market who just want things to work out of the box. Personally I like tinkering so "i'm alright jack".

NitrousAvster

February 19, 2009, 12:29 am

a quick google search(http://blogs.iium.edu.my/hairu... as well as the gizmodo article both say that it has a capacitive touch screen. So it looks like the UI could be the only flaw - but it is only a beta version

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