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Samsung Upstages 3G iPhone Hours Before Launch

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Samsung Upstages 3G iPhone Hours Before Launch

Hours before Apple's big WWDC keynote who would've guessed Samsung would do this...? Yep - everyone.

Still, much like the 'accidentally leaked' snaps of the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder late Sunday evening, so Samsung has decided to push out its most credible next generation iPhone challenger to date: the 'i900', dubbed 'Omnia'.

Already spotted earlier this month the i900 lives up to its billing with a large (though not iPhone large) 3.2in haptic touch enabled touchscreen display, GPS, 7.2Mbit HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth A2DP and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Backing this up are an advanced 5MP camera with autofocus, image stabilisation and geo-tagging and a snazzy reworking of the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS.

All the usual multimedia codec support is in there too along with the pleasant surprise of DivX and XviD combined with handset based video editing as Sammy goes for the jugular. A TV Out port, push email, accelerometer and FM tuner may also win it many hearts and minds unless Apple comes up with something spectacular (and heavily subsidised) tonight.

Whetting appetites the i900 was officially released in Samsung's native Korea today but while no formal European launch date was given a Q3 timeframe has been put on its head. Of course Samsung has been down this Cupertino-inspired route before with the glorious-on-paper-but-lacking-in-reality F490. Let's hope it has now learnt from those fairly culpable UI mistakes.

Just how well has it done? We'll know in four hours, 30 minutes and counting...

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laixer

June 9, 2008, 7:20 pm

I stopped reading at 'Windows Mobile'.

GoldenGuy

June 9, 2008, 8:29 pm

I can understand laixer's frustration. Unless they can come up with a touchscreen OS with as strong a foundation as OS X (and no, I'm not a fanboy - I have plenty reservations about Apple) then that's the sticking point for these so-called 'killers'. But that's Windows for you - bringing otherwise terrific technology down to it's ho-hum standard.

Qortuba

June 9, 2008, 8:36 pm

I agree with laxier comment. Also, there is something Samsung and others don't get. The success of the iPhone is not because of the features. In fact, the original iphone lacks features. it's the interface stupid! add to that TSE (The Steve Effect)!

gary gatter

June 10, 2008, 1:35 am

I like it, but it lacks so much, no forward facing cam, no vga screen, storage only 16gb, main cam only 2.0 megapixels. I wanted so much to get this phone, maybe I still will, depends on price and plan. Otherwise will go for the HTC Touch Diamond, has forward facing cam, vga screen, 3.2 megapixel camera but only 4gb of storage. Has anyone done a side by side comparison?

Johnny Boy

June 10, 2008, 7:09 am

I run product development for a cellular carrier, and I carry Windows Mobile. I also carry an iPhone, which I very much want to hate, because I don't work for AT&T. Sadly, I agree with Laixer and Qortuba: it's the interface. WinMob 6.1 is like using Win 98 on a desktop. Antiquated, cluttered interface, with serious performance problems even on the newest handsets. I'm kind of a MSFT fan, actually (go, Zune!) but their handset platform is nowhere near Apple's.

baller86

June 10, 2008, 1:26 pm

garry gatter, isn't this Samsung a 5 megapixel camera?

gary gatter

June 10, 2008, 8:25 pm

Sorry put my comment on the wrong comments page!!!! Think this is a great phone, would be even better with the android os.

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