Omnia II for Verizon coming soon according to Samsung Mobile USA site

By on August 25, 2009 at 11:52 AM.

Omnia II for Verizon coming soon according to Samsung Mobile USA site

There was a bit of confusion surrounding one of our scoops from earlier this month regarding a screenshot of a Best Buy inventory sheet. For those who were unclear, yes, the dates listed there are in-stock dates and not launch dates. From what we can gather so far, most (but not all) of the shipments were indeed received, but that is not confirmed. In any event, the most anticipated handset on that list was likely the Samsung Omnia II, and those who are still skeptical will be happy to learn Samsung has indeed confirmed that the handset is coming soon to Verizon. A new dedicated page on the Samsung Mobile USA site was just spied by an eagle-eyed reader and it also confirms that the Omnia II will be a Verizon exclusive, at least initially. There’s a link for those interested to sign up for an email once the handset is announced, but you can be sure you’ll read about it here long before any such email is delivered. Excited, WinMo fans?

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Samsung Omnia II screenshots emerge; Windows Mobile 6.5 meets TouchWiz 2.0

By on August 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM.

Samsung Omnia II screenshots emerge; Windows Mobile 6.5 meets TouchWiz 2.0

While the US is still waiting on official word from Samsung, a carrier or anyone else in terms of when the Omnia II might touch down in the US, ai.rs blog has managed to score a whole host of screenshots from the sexy new handset. Why are we so interested in screenshots — how does TouchWiz 2.0 sitting on top of Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro sound? It appears as though Samsung has done a bang up job in covering much of the UI with touchy wizzy goodness, and ai.rs reveals a whole slew of screens — 37 in total. Truth be told, it doesn’t look bad at all. Hit the jump for a giant version of the image above along with a few more caps, and hit the read link for the rest. Mmm, UI band aids.

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Samsung releases list of countries slated for August launch of the Omnia II; US not included

By on August 14, 2009 at 3:37 PM.

Samsung releases list of countries slated for August launch of the Omnia II; US not included

This morning, Samsung announced the list of countries that are slated to get the Omnia II in August. Missing from the list is the United States and other major markets including the UK, France and Germany. Pretty odd, considering we know Best Buy is (or was) slated to score it later this month. We’re guessing: 1) Something was delayed. 2) BBYM will get shipments on the 23rd but the handset won’t be available for sale until early September. 3) Samsung just can’t mention the US yet as there has been no official announcement with AT&T. The lucky 14 that will officially see the Omnia sequel hit the shelves this month are the Philippines, Thailand, Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chile, Colombia and Australia. These countries will join Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, which have already seen the launch of Samsung’s latest Windows Mobile offering. Those folks still limping along with their original Ominas will just have to wait for the next round of launch locations to be released to see if their countries will be among those mentioned.

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LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Omnia 2 and more headed to Best Buy on August 23rd

By on August 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM.

LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Omnia 2 and more headed to Best Buy on August 23rd

Well what have we here? Our ninjas know better than to think they can take weekends off and one of our more diligent and trusted Best Best Mobile moles just hit us with a very interesting screen cap. Sunday, August 23rd is shaping up to be a hell of a day for the mobile mega-retailer and in turn, it’s going to be a hell of a day for phone fans in general. Let’s have a look at what’s in store:

  • Samsung Gravity 2 (berry) — T-Mobile
  • Samsung Solstice — AT&T
  • LG Xenon (red) — AT&T
  • Global AirCard (G2) — Verizon
  • Samsung Rogue — Verizon
  • LG Chocolate Touch — Verizon
  • Samsung u450 Intensity — Verizon
  • Samsung Omnia 2 — Verizon
  • BlackBerry Tour — (new shipment, Sprint)

We can also see an “M330″ at the top of the screen listed as coming on September 8th and we’re guessing it’s not the clunky Samsung beast from 2002 or the Mitsubishi phone from 2003. All we know for the time being is that it’s a Samsung handset headed for Sprint, along with the Samsung Reclaim can be seen just off screen at the very top. We can’t make the date out but we know it’ll be sometime in August. Whatever… We’re to busy thinking about the possible BL40-like Chocolate Touch and Sammy’s Omnia sequel to worry about the Reclaim.

UPDATE: Hit the jump for a better shot of the list along with Best Buy location details.

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Samsung Omnia Pro gets fondled, Omnia 2 gets less appealing

By on July 25, 2009 at 12:31 PM.

Samsung Omnia Pro gets fondled, Omnia 2 gets less appealing

While Samsung fans on this side of the world ogle the Omnia 2, our Asian brothers and sisters across the globe are already eying bigger and better things. Ahhh, the Omnia Pro B7610. GSMArena managed to get its mitts on a Pro and the site most definitely took it for a spin. The form is solid, the AMOLED display is nuts and the TouchWiz UI continues to get sexier and sexier — though you’re still left high and dry in areas beyond TouchWiz’s reach. Since it’s all about the extensive six-page ride, we’ll go ahead and spoil the ending for you: The reviewer says the phone rocks but won’t sell as well as the HTC Touch Pro2. Hmm. Ok, specs time:

  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 3.6Mbps
  • Form factor: Full QWERTY side-slider
  • Dimensions: 112.6 x 57.8 x 16.2 mm, 159g
  • Display: 3.5″ 65K-color resistive AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA resolution
  • OS: Windows Mobile 6.1 (upgradable to 6.5), TouchWiz 2.0 UI
  • Memory: 1GB built-in storage, 256 MB RAM, hot-swappable microSD (up to 16GB)
  • CPU: 800 MHz processor with dedicated graphics accelerator
  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus, with dual LED flash and VGA video at 30 fps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, TV out, 3.5mm standard audio jack
  • Misc: Accelerometer for screen auto rotate and turn-to-mute, FM radio with RDS, DivX/XviD video support, work and leisure modes
  • Battery: 1500mAh Li-Ion battery

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AT&T/Rogers 3G-ready Samsung I8000 Omnia 2 clears FCC; hands on video slips out

By on July 24, 2009 at 7:50 AM.

AT&T/Rogers 3G-ready Samsung I8000 Omnia 2 clears FCC; hands on video slips out

Sammy fans in the US (and perhaps Canada) have cause for celebration as the FCC has just given the upcoming Omnia2 its coveted nod of approval. Preliminary documentation is limited but at least one tasty tidbit can be gleaned — this little guy is packing UMTS 850/1900. That’s right people, AT&T and Rogers’ 3G frequencies are confirmed to be on board, though it remains to be seen whether either carrier will offer the handset. A quick refresher:

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/1900 MHz, HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA5.76 Mbps
  • 3.7-inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED touchscreen, Advanced R touch (Resistive)
  • Memory: 8/16GB storage memory, hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 32GB total)
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, TouchWiz 2.0 UI with 3D effects
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and D1 video recording at 15 fps
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, standard microUSB port, standard 3.5mm audio jack, GPS receiver with A-GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • FM radio with RDS
  • DNSe
  • Dimensions: 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm
  • 1500 mAh battery

Anyone excited, or enough with the full touchscreen Windows Mobile phones already? Hit the jump for a nice little video showing this little guy off.

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Samsung announces two more additions to the Omnia family: Omnia II and Omnia LITE

By on June 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM.

Samsung announces two more additions to the Omnia family: Omnia II and Omnia LITE

Samsung is just unstoppable today, having announced more new phones in just the past few hours than some companies announce in a year. Two Omnia Pros, a Jet for good measure and now we’re introduced to the Omnia II (I8000) and Omnia LITE (B7300). Starting with the more exciting of the two handsets, the Omnia II will be Sammy’s successor to the popular to the Omnia as we’re sure you guessed. Specs are as follows:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (upgradable to 6.5)
  • Massive 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display
  • TouchWiz 2.0 UI
  • Advanced R Touch (Resistive Touch) that “enables faster, more accurate touch response”
  • 480p video recording and playback
  • HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • Wi-Fi
  • Up to 48GB of storage

Wow. Ok, now let’s have a look at the scaled down Omnia LITE:

  • Full touchscreen form factor
  • TouchWiz 2.0
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Push email support
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Full HTML Opera Web browser
  • HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi
  • A-GPS

Samsung obviously wanted to focus on the more capable Omnia II so as you can see, not much substance was offered as far as the Omnia LITE is concerned. Both handsets appear to be very solid offerings however, and will certainly likely be well received be their respective target demographics. Release timing and pricing are not yet available, though the Omnia II will be offered by Verizon Wireless some time this year.

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Oh hai, Samsung Omnia II

By on June 9, 2009 at 7:05 PM.

Oh hai, Samsung Omnia II

This rumor is for everyone out there who nearly went insane from all of yesterday’s WWDC coverage. Word is that what you’re looking at above is Samsung’s upcoming GT-i8000 aka Omnia II. Assuming the picture is the real deal and the specs are right, we’re hearing that the Omnia II will come with a 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA resistive touchscreen display, 8.1 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and VGA video recording at 30 fps, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and HSDPA connectivity, miniUSB, 150MB of internal memory and a 1500 mAh battery. There is also a rumor that the Omnia II will run custom take on TouchWiz above Windows Mobile 6.1, which while not as polished as TouchFLO 3D is still remarkably better than the standard WinMo fare. But then, what isn’t? And yes, we too noticed that this resembles the mysterious x-ray of a device Samsung plans to spill the beans on next Monday.

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