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.

Thanks, William!

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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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Samsung Jet gets official, complete with TouchWiz 2.0

By on June 15, 2009 at 10:51 AM.

Samsung Jet gets official, complete with TouchWiz 2.0

Quite a day Samsung is having today! Following the official announcement of a pair of Omnia Pro handsets, Samsung has just announced the upcoming Samsung Jet. Sporting a full touchscreen form factor, the Jet will sport the company’s brand new TouchWiz 2.0 UI on top of the following specs:

  • 3.1-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display, 16M colors
  • 800MHz processor
  • TouchWiz 2.0 user interface with new features such as intuitive 3D media gate UI and motion-response UI, smart unlock, customizable widget screen.
  • Full HTML Dolfin Web browser
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • GPS
  • DNSe & SRS Sound Effect technology
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Microsoft Exchange support

The Jet is no doubt well-equipped and we can’t wait to check out Sammy’s new take on TouchWiz. Anyone else excited?

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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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