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We knew a while back about the proposed Odyssey and Marco handsets from Samsung. Well it looks like some more detailed specs and pricing has emerged. With Windows Phone 8 only a whisper away from being launched it seems as if the leaks just keeps on coming.

Samsung are one of Microsoft’s launch partners and it looks like we can expect some impressive hardware for this round of devices. One device is reported to have a 4” screen and the other a whopping 4.8” HD AMOLED display.. Rumour caution is advised in lieu of an official announcement.

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My one pet hate about smartphones is not being able to use them in the sunshine. England, where we don't get blessed with much sunshine, I'd prefer to make the most of it while staying connected to the Internet. While the Samsung Omnia 7 (and Focus) SAMOLED screens are superb in terms of quality, for me my Omnia 7 is rendered useless when the sun shines down (the HTC Hero was even worse).

Being the first customer on Three UK to pre-order the Lumia 800 (yup, I was congratulated over the phone) I was hoping the Nokia handset would perform better as the screen was still viewable in the bright spotlights at Nokia World. In the video above we see the guys at My Nokia Blog taking the 800 for a spin on the London Eye - pun intended. Looking good!

Source: My Nokia Blog

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This is the big question everyone is wondering about now: how will next Monday go when Windows Phone 7 finally goes on sale? More specifically, will there be enough to go around?

UK operator Orange is reporting shortages, including an email that was sent out that stated

We will be launching with limited amounts of both our Windows Phone 7 devices, the HTC 7 Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7. We are, however, anticipating that our competitors could be in a similar situation.

And that's from the lead launch partner over there. In turn, Orange is offering a gift certificate to HMV as an apology. Now, Business Insider is wondering the same about the U.S. market. Shortages are appearing most likely due to a lack of available components, most likely being AMOLED screens. HTC has had to replace its AMOLED screens with Sony's Super LCD technology because Samsung cannot produce enough (evidently they are building another factory to meet demand). On a conspiratorial note, BI notes that how Google is suppose to launch their G2 phone on the same day as the Windows Phone launch here in the U.S. Samsung is rumored to making that phone, though they have denied it.

All we know is AT&T is no where to be found for pre-orders with just 6 days left. Foreboding?

Source: Business Insider, Mobile Today

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Unfortunately the Samsung Omnia 7 won't be heading to the U.S. anytime soon (but it is going to Mexico, according to SPK), instead we'll have the similar and somewhat better Samsung Focus on AT&T (brief hands on). We say that the Focus is better now because it features removable/expandable storage, whereas the Omnia 7 does not. In fact, the Omnia 7 is basically the same phone in a lot of ways.

Still, the Omnia 7 is a quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G phone, so technically you can import one if you really want its squareness over the more svelte Focus. And in our conversation with Samsung yesterday, they said they are in talks with all U.S. carriers, so hope is in the air for some CDMA love in the spring.


In the meantime, take a look at GSM Arena's comprehensive review of the I8700 Omnia 7. They "...walk away impressed" with the hardware, reserving any criticism for the now familiar "limitations-of-the-OS" arguments. Getting back to the hardware they say this:


To summarize the review in one sentence – the hardware is perfect, it’s the software that lets the phone down on occasion.


Like all current Samsung devices (Galaxy S series), their strength is simply their screens featuring Super AMOLED, which really is quite impressive with it's "wet" blacks and rich contrast. That's the take away message of why Samsung's WP7 offerings may be a better choice for some of you.

Source: GSM Arena; Thanks, Olaf M, for the tip!

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Time for us to play "What really cool phone is being released overseas that we'll never get here!", one of our favorite games.

This time the lucky country is Korea, who is getting Samsung SPH-M8400 aka they need a better name for it.

To the point, here are the specs:

  • WiMax (WiBro)
  • 3.7" AMOLED WVGA
  • WM6.5
  • 5MP AF camera
  • Digital Mobile TV
  • WCDMA, WiFi, Bluetooth

Actually, though the fine folks at AkiHabaraNews liken it to a worthy competitor to the HD2, even we scoff at the notion.  No, this is a worthy competitor to the Omnia 2...in fact, it's very similar sans the 4G support.  Still, it does look pretty nice.

[AkiHabaraNews via Windows Phone Thoughts]

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Want a Samsung Omnia Pro? Sorry, you can't have one yet. Well, at least not without importing it at a pretty penny and giving up U.S. 3G in the process. For us, that's a dealbreaker. For others, a small price to pay for that 800MHz processor and 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen running Windows Mobile 6.5. And unlike its Omnia II cousin (which you can get tomorrow), the Pro has a slider keyboard. For a better look at what you'd be paying a premium for, check out the brief unboxing video from Pocketnow after the break.

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Now that the cat's out of the bag, Verizon Wireless has officially announced that the Samsung Omnia II (aka the SCH-i920, for those of you into that sort of thing), will be available Dec. 2 for $199.99 after rebate and contract. But you already knew that. And in case you forgot, that $200 gets you a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, an 800MHz processor, Sammy's TouchWiz UI on top of Windows Mobile 6.5, a 5MP camera, and all the other usual bells and whistles. Full presser after the break. [via Verizon]

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Who's up for some quality time with the Bell version of the Samsung Omnia II? Howard Chui (for whom the infamous Howard Forums are named) takes us through a 10-minute unboxing of the 3.7-inch, 800MHz behemoth. His side-by-side with the Original Omnia is night and day -- you just can't beat that AMOLED screen. We're still not totally sold on Touchwiz II (though it's certainly better than Touchwiz I), but we do like having different UIs to choose from. Peep the video after the break. [Howard Chui via wmpoweruser]

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Looking at the Samsung Omnia II, it's easy to forget that in fact it's a Windows phone (though remember we're expecting it to launch soon with Windows Mobile 6.1). It's been so heavily skinned that when you're getting lost in the 3.7-inch AMOLED display pushed by the 800MHz processor, well, we can only imagine. (In fact, we just heard Microsoft's Loke Uei gushing about the Omnia II at the WinMoDevCamp in San Francisco.) But the folks at Engadget Spain can do more than just imagine how great it is, having gotten a hands-on with the phone.

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Why AMOLED? Why not!

Let's have some alphabet soup. You know what an LED is. That's Light Emitting Diode. Usually you see them as little indicator lights and now as part of computer monitor backlights. Then there's OLED. That's Organic LED. Kinda self-explanatory in that there's organic material in there. OLEDs are thinner and use less power (and thus battery life). But they're still rather expensive.

And then there's AMOLED. Active-Matrix OLED screens use even less power. Colors are more crisp. They can be flexible. They pretty much mean you're not messing around. Don't ask questions. You want one.

And above is an even better description from Samsung VP Omar Khan, who should know a thing or three about displays in cell phones, given that the just-announced Omnia Pro and Omnia II have AMOLED screens.

Via wmpoweruser

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It's the Sunday rumor mill here in Windows Mobile land, and on today's plate is the Samsung Omnia Pro (cue HTC's lawyers), brought to us by hdblog.it. [via coolsmartphone]

While highly unofficial – and the rendering you see above is of hdblog's "own creation and does not reflect the real shape" (and putting your blog on the phone's shell kinda gives that away) – the rumor surrounds an 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with stabilizer and flash, and a 624MHz processor. No word on RAM and ROM sizes.

Supposedly the Ominia Pro will become more official this summer and cost about 500 Euros. A launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 is mentioned, with an upgrade to WM6.5 to come.

That said, folks, here's a little tip from your friends at WMExperts: When you're sitting in your basement Photoshoping together a Frankenphone for the Internets, remember to slap on the Windows flag button if you're going to even mention Windows Mobile 6.5, m'kay?

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