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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New Samsung Omnia software from Verizon drops shortly; so long, GPS lock

By on July 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM.

New Samsung Omnia software from Verizon drops shortly; so long, GPS lock

Have you been feeling left out lately, Samsung Omnia owners? You know deep down that your sexy Windows Mobile-powered touchscreen handset is a gem, but waiting around for Verizon to unlock the GPS is definitely trying your patience. Just when you were about to lose hope however, Verizon is finally ready to push out the update you’ve been waiting for. Yup, GPS lock is about to become a thing of the past. The update is all set to be pushed out within the hour so sit tight. Woo! We’re not sure what other fixes/features are included in this update but the important thing is that the big one is covered. Keep checking for that update and let us know how it goes!

UPDATE: It looks like the update is now live and ready to rock as of just before 4pm. Get moving people…

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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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Windows Mobile 6.5 cooked ROM appears for Verizon Samsung Omnia

By on May 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 cooked ROM appears for Verizon Samsung Omnia

Get those ROM flashing skills honed up as WoZZeR over at Modaco has cooked up the first Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM for the Samsung i910 Omnia. Leaked Windows Mobile 6. 1 ROMs with the GPS unlocked have been floating around for a a little while now but this the first Windows 6.5 ROM for the Omnia. The custom ROM has removed a slew of extra applications that come bundled with the Omnia, including VZ Navigator, VZ AppZone, Digital Frame, Shozu, Silver Inbox and more. It also includes a handful of useful applications including Google Maps, the Official Youtube player, and the WM 6.5 Facebook App. The flashing process is straight forward but anyone attempting such a procedure would be wise to peruse the entire thread for issues and errors encountered by others before diving in. More than one person has noted difficulty flashing with non-XP machines and via a USB 1.1 port. If you take the plunge and upgrade your Omnia to 6.5 though, hit us up in the comments with your first impressions.

[Via wmpoweruser]

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New unofficial Verizon Wireless Omnia i910 ROM unlocks GPS and more

By on April 9, 2009 at 6:01 PM.

New unofficial Verizon Wireless Omnia i910 ROM unlocks GPS and more

An unofficial beta ROM for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia has hit the forums at Modaco. The ROM includes several upgrades for Omnia users including the much anticipated GPS unlock. In addition to unlocking the GPS, the leaked ROM includes the following enhancements:

  • 5% battery increments
  • Ability to disable threaded text messaging via system settings
  • Pop-up keyboard keys a la iPhone
  • Auto-lock keyapd settings now include Off, 2s and 5s
  • Opera 9.5 Mobile build 15679
  • Weather Bug and Windows Live Widgets
  • Favorite settings, now known as easy settings
  • Windows Live

Head on over to the forums for the detailed instructions on flashing your Omnia to this latest ROM and if you take the plunge, hit us up in the comments and let us know how it works. Oh, and of course don’t get get mad at us if you end up frying your phone.

[Via Knguyentu]

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Samsung OMNIA and Palm Treo Pro headed to TELUS for $149.99

By on April 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM.

Samsung OMNIA and Palm Treo Pro headed to TELUS for $149.99

It looks like Bell isn’t going to be the only Canadian carrier to offer both the Palm Treo Pro and Samsung OMNIA as TELUS is getting ready to launch both devices for $149.99 each. Well, based upon some advertisements that have appeared in several newspapers across Canada at least. Despite the good news of their impending arrival, both handsets are more expensive on TELUS with the OMNIA and Treo Pro commanding an extra $20 and $50 respectively over the prices offered by Bell. It might not seem like the biggest deal, but considering that these prices are based upon 3-year contracts being signed we have to say that the extra dollars are likely to rub more than a few people the wrong way. Now, we don’t have any specific release dates as of yet, but we will be sure to keep you all updated with the latest news as it happens.

UPDATE: Surprise, surprise, TELUS announced the OMNIA shortly after this was published and dropped the price to $129.99.

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Bell to launch the Samsung Omnia in April?

By on March 19, 2009 at 7:59 AM.

Bell to launch the Samsung Omnia in April?

It looks like all you Canadian touchscreen lovers out there are going to have one more decision to make as we’ve been informed Bell is set to launch the Samsung Omnia between April 9th and 12th. Popular and well received on the Verizon network in the US, the Omnia is a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional handset with a 3.2″ 240×400 touchscreen display, GPS, Wi-Fi and EV-DO Rev. 0 / Rev. A. Of particular note with the Omnia is its 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, image stabilization, face detection, smile detection, LED flash and finally DivX/XviD video playback. No word yet as far as pricing goes but we figure it can’t be all that bad since the most Bell is currently charging for a smartphone is $199.95.

Thanks, BrownGuy!

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Verizon Wireless drops Samsung Omnia to $99

By on February 15, 2009 at 2:01 PM.

Verizon Wireless drops Samsung Omnia to $99

It’s a buyers market for prospective smartphone owners with prices on mobile phones dropping like a stone. Last weekend, the BlackBerry Storm fell to $99 on Amazon and this weekend the price for Verizon’s Samsung Omnia has fallen to $99.99 directly from its website. This price includes a $70 online-only discount and will of course require a 2-year contract. The Omnia on a 1-year contract has been lowered as well – to $169 – while the full retail price of the phone remains an astonishingly high $559. Those interested in the Omnia should head on over to Verizon’s website sooner rather than later as we do not know if this price reduction is permanent or only temporary. Happy Omnia shopping!

Thanks, Austin!

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Sprint and T-Mobile get new Samsung Android phone in June 2009

By on December 19, 2008 at 2:57 PM.

Sprint and T-Mobile get new Samsung Android phone in June 2009

Samsung looks to be making sure it doesn’t get left out of the Android party in 2009 as it has just announced it will release an Android-powered handset much like the Omnia and Instinct. While it would be nice to see some new and exciting hardware, Samsung could have definitely picked worse handsets to base its virgin Android offering on. A Samsung rep was quoted as saying, “We are accelerating the development process for Google phone in order to meet the specific need of local carriers. We will be able to release Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in the US market.” Which carriers will those be? T-Mobile, which gets its second (or third?) Android device, and Sprint will apparently be graced by the Google gods. Sprint? Huh? Earlier this year, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stated pretty bluntly that Android isn’t yet “good enough to put the Sprint brand on,” but apparently he’s singing a different tune these days. Anyone excited about this? Yeah… don’t raise your hands all at once.

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Samsung Omnia from Verizon already gets discounted

By on December 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM.

Samsung Omnia from Verizon already gets discounted

We showed you the first live images of it, we priced it and gave you a release date, Verizon announced it and we unboxed it. What more Omnia news could you possibly want? Ahhh, how about a price drop? That’s right people, a mere eight days since the Omnia became available online and through telesales and Verizon is already dropping the price to a cool $199 after $70 mail-in rebate. The new price is down from $249 after the same rebate. Talk about a killer early adopter tax – the Omnia won’t even hit many stores until next week and we already have a 20% price drop! Those of you who purchased the handset already can still be happy knowing that you were one of the first people to have Verizon’s sleek 5 megapixel smartphone, despite the fact you fell victim to a solid gouging. Hey, it happens to the best of us from time to time.

[Via Engadget Mobile]

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Oh, and about WiFi on Verizon’s Samsung Omnia…

By on November 23, 2008 at 12:35 PM.

Oh, and about WiFi on Verizon’s Samsung Omnia…

Sure it’s always a mystery how a handset might turn out after making its way through the carrier branding process, or “the crippler” as we call it. Will it be crippled beyond repair? Will it still be usable and only undergo minor feature changes? As far as the Samsung Omnia is concerned, the biggest question was with regards to whether or not Verizon would disable WiFi. Well you know what they say – a picture is worth 1,000 words. Big Red was indeed kind to the Omnia as it passed though the branding process and as you can see above, WiFi will be ready and waiting for all you touchscreen Windows Mobile fans for whom EVDO just isn’t enough. So there you have it folks; we showed you the pics, we gave you pricing and a release time line and now you know WiFi is still sitting pretty. All that’s left is for you to call in and place your orders or head out early next month to get your hands on a sure winner from what is now the nation’s largest carrier.

Thanks, krazyVZW!

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Pricing and release info for Verizon’s Samsung Omnia

By on November 23, 2008 at 9:09 AM.

Pricing and release info for Verizon’s Samsung Omnia

You didn’t think we’d keep you in the dark for too long did you? Come on people, you should know your pals at BGR a little better than that by now. It has only been two days since we showed you the first live pics of Samsung’s sexy 5 megapixel touchscreen all dressed up in Verizon threads, but you clearly weren’t going to be satisfied until we gave you some more details. Ok, no problem – you know our ninjas don’t sleep… Those of you who really can’t wait to get your mitts on this puppy will have early online and telesales orders fulfilled on November 26th. For the rest of you who want to check the Omnia out in person before shelling out some cash for it, December 8th is the official in-store date. Woo! As far as pricing goes, you’re looking at a respectable $249.99 after the $70 mail-in rebate. Sure we would have loved to break that $200 mark for the release price but hey, early adopter tax is nothing new to us right? So there you have it, VZW peeps. If touchscreen is your game and the Storm isn’t exactly your cup of tea, the Samsung Omnia might be just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks, krazyVZW!

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