Let's say it straight: we weren't big fans of the Omnia and when Samsung decided to strip the Omnia branding from the i8910 HD at the last minute we weren't surprised in the least. That said, here's persistence for you...
Images (and indeed a video) have now leaked of the Samsung 'I8000', also known as the 'Omnia 2' and the improvements are striking.
Straight off the bat the I8000 blows away its forebear with a 3.7in WVGA touchscreen display (resistive in this case), an 8.1MP camera with dual LED flash, HSDPA, WiFi and aGPS. Native DivX / Xvid support is in there too along with 30fps video recording, Bluetooth with A2DP and the latest version of the company's TouchWiz UI which sports an LG Arena style cubic navigation system. That said, TouchWiz usually hides a Windows Mobile interface (6.1 we believe) so that should either seal the deal or break it for many.
Expect the I8000 / Omnia 2 to nestle in at a level below the i8910 HD. Furthermore, with official shots and video being leaked around the web this handset should become official very soon. I'm putting my money on Monday or Tuesday...
Update: The video gives away the Windows Mobile core and yes, the responsiveness of the UI worries us greatly. Early sample? Let's hope so or we won't only have an Omnia 2 but Omnia Troubles Mark 2.
via GSM Arena