Is the Samsung Louvre really the Omnia Pro?

By on June 14, 2009 at 11:15 AM.

Is the Samsung Louvre really the Omnia Pro?

Excited about the upcoming Samsung B7610 Louvre? Well wait just a tick, because we’ve got some interesting news to report. Yesterday Samsung slipped up and pictures of the Louvre were briefly published to its press gallery. Apparently Sammy referred to the Louvre as we know it as the Omnia Pro, a device that we have been hearing about since late April. Truth be told, we wouldn’t be all too surprised if this were the case considering all of the known specs of the Louvre match up with the rumored specs of the Omnia Pro. And speaking of the devices specs, a more detailed list has surfaced that makes the device look even more promising:

  • 3.5-inch AMOLED resistive touchscreen display w/ WVGA resolution
  • 800MHz processor
  • 5.1 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • Sliding QWERTY keypad
  • 2 UIs (Pro & Media w/ dedicated button to switch between them)
  • TV-OUT
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • MicroUSB
  • Divx/WMV/H.264 accelerations
  • GPS/WIFI/HSDPA/HSUPA/Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • DNLA support
  • 1GB internal memory with microSDHC up to 32GB
  • 1500mAh battery

The Louvre/Omnia Pro is believed to be on track for September or October. There are some reports that the device is currently running quite slowly because of a very buggy ROM however, so rumor has it the launch might be pushed back a month. September is still quite a ways away though, so we’re hoping Samsung can sort any issues out in time. Until then, hit the jump for a few more press shots.

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Samsung Louvre gets spec'd and photographed

By on June 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM.

Samsung Louvre gets spec'd and photographed

Hot on the heels of the first rendering of the Samsung B7610 Louvre comes the first spy photo and some additional specifications on this mid-range offering from Sammy. The Louvre looks even better in person than it does in the rendering and it comes with an increasingly solid set of specs that include:

  • 3.50inch AMOLED 16M color resistive WVGA (800×480) display
  • 800Mhz CPU
  • 5.1 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 2 UIs (Pro & Media, with a dedicated button to switch between them)
  • TV-out
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB connector
  • Divx/WMV/H.264 accelerations
  • GPS/WIFI/HSDPA/HSUPA/BT
  • FM Radio
  • DNLA support
  • 1GB internal memory + SDHC up to 32G
  • 1500 mAh battery

The Louvre is expected to debut later this summer with Windows Mobile 6.1 and an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 to follow in the September/October 2009 time frame. That is the good news, the bad news is that the current ROM is reportedly running slowly, even on the 800MHz processor. Slow performance may result in a slip of the launch date possibly until November, a fate that may also await the Omnia 2 (GT-i8000).

[Via wmpoweruser]

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Samsung's B7610 Louvre gets pic'd, spec'd

By on June 12, 2009 at 8:01 AM.

Samsung's B7610 Louvre gets pic'd, spec'd

While talk of Samsung’s upcoming B7610 Louvre has been floating around in quiet corners of the internet for quite some time now, the first image of the upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone has emerged alongside a list of specs. We’re not sure exactly how this handset pays homage to the famous French museum but maybe Sammy is just running out of code names. While it’s clearly not meant to be a flagship device, the Louvre looks as if it will be able to hold its own against similar devices in its class:

  • 112mm x 5.8mm x 16mm
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 7.2Mbps UMTS/HSDPA
  • 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 1GB ROM
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and aGPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • FM tuner with RDS
  • microSD support
  • miniUSB
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 1500 mAh Li-ion battery

Having not yet been announced by Samsung, a release date, list of carriers and pricing are still unknown. The source of this leak however, believes that the Louvre will makes its debut this July with a price ranging from 250€ to 500€.

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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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Leaked AT&T slide deck reveals Android, webOS, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile goodness

By on May 25, 2009 at 7:41 AM.

Leaked AT&T slide deck reveals Android, webOS, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile goodness

The boys over at Engadget Mobile managed to get their hands on what appears to be a slide deck showcasing just about every smartphone headed to AT&T this year. Some of the slides may be a bit off as far as launch dates are concerned but wow, what a lineup AT&T has in store for its customers. We have a few obligatory Windows Mobile devices — the HTC Fortress (Touch Pro2), HTC Warhawk (Touch Diamond2) and the HP iPAQ K3 which will run Windows Mobile 6.5. The expected BlackBerry offerings will include the Onyx, the Magnum, the Gemini and the non-flip Pearl 3G. AT&T is also expected to get the rumored Palm EOS in the latter half of the year and last but not least is the HTC Lancaster, an Android-powered QWERTY slider that steals its styling from the Touch Pro2 and makes the G1 look like a kid’s toy. Hit the jump for the individual slides with all the juicy details.

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HTC means business, unveils HTC Snap and “Inner Circle”

By on April 1, 2009 at 10:42 AM.

HTC means business, unveils HTC Snap and “Inner Circle”

Fresh from CTIA day 1 in Las Vegas, HTC is about to unveil its latest Windows Mobile handset that sets its sites on the likes of BlackBerrys and the Nokia E71. Slim and sleek, the HTC Snap sports a sexy 12mm-thick case and a smooth QWERTY keyboard. At first glance the Snap may seem a bit behind the times as far as specs go — the 2 megapixel camera is pretty underwhelming and Windows Mobile 6.1 standard is soooo 2008, but let’s put things in perspective. Consider the handset’s competition: The BlackBerry Bold has a 2 megapixel camera and the Nokia E71 has a slightly beefier 3.2 megapixel shooter, though we’ve seen sun prints that come out clearer than E71 pictures. Beyond that, neither handset wields what we would call an up-to-date OS. Instead, they rely on tried and true platforms known for stability and functionality over sex appeal and zip — just like Windows Mobile 6.1.

The HTC Snap is a messaging handset for people whose first priority in terms of handsets is communications. In that vein, the Snap will be HTC’s first handset to feature its new “Inner Circle” email prioritization system. It’s pretty clever, actually — Inner Circle allows users to define a group of high priority contacts. When inboxes start to get a bit out of control, a simple tap on the dedicated Inner Circle button will automatically place any emails from high priority contacts at the top of the inbox. Simple yet pretty smart, we’d say. Add to that the fact that email/PIM is without question one of Windows Mobile’s strong points and you’ve got yourself one hell of a work horse. As far as the US is concerned, expect an unlocked version dubbed the HTC S522 (with AT&T-compatible 3G) to drop this Summer. Hit the jump for the full specs, a bunch of additional images and the full release.

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Pantech Matrix Pro available today online and at your local AT&T store

By on February 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM.

Pantech Matrix Pro available today online and at your local AT&T store

We knew this one was coming, thanks to the official announcement from AT&T and Pantech at last week’s MWC, but it looks like the two companies have gone ahead and made this bad boy available for the world to abuse. Early reports place the Pantech Matrix Pro in stores right…about…now. You can head down and pick one up for the oh-so-reasonable price of $179.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract. What does that $180 buy you? A Windows Mobile Standard-based dual slider phone with a 528mhz processor driving a 2.4″ QVGA screen, GPS and more. Sadly, there’s no Wi-Fi on this baby but AT&T seems to think that its 3G coverage should deliver all the high speed browsing power you could want. Hmmm. Overall, this looks like a solid upgrade to last year’s Pantech WM slider offering, though given the compromises made on that device, it wouldn’t be hard to top its lackluster performance. Anyone excited enough to head on down and give the Matrix Pro a try? Let us know!

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Sprint Treo Pro to support simultaneous voice and data?

By on January 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM.

Sprint Treo Pro to support simultaneous voice and data?

What we have here, folks, is a classic case of a blessing in disguise. After a bit of a false start, Sprint seems to have semi-officially pulled the Treo Pro launch until late February. Bad news, right? Well, sort of. First off, the company is attempting to appease anyone that ordered the device early with a $25 account credit. More importantly, however, it sounds like the Treo Pro could be the first Sprint device to allow for simultaneous voice and data usage. Granted, the news comes from a bit of a dubious source, but if it turns out to be true it could mark a bit of a milestone for the carrier. The EV-DO Rev. A band is technically capable of allowing this work, but the CDMA world has yet to enjoy the pleasure of surfing the mobile web while attempting to pay attention to a rambling family member on the other end of the line. Such luxury has been afforded to the GSM world since the early days of 3G, so we can only hope that Sprint makes this move official. In the mean time, we’re looking into starting a support group for the 12-13 folks out there that are actually eagerly awaiting the Treo Pro, especially with the impending arrival of the Palm Pre. Way to cannibalize your own sales by pushing the introduction of the last of your previous generation devices closer and closer to the introduction of your next gen. flagship device. Seriously, Sprint/Palm…we’re impressed.

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New ROM leaks for Sprint HTC Touch Diamond, includes Mobile Internet Explorer 6

By on January 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM.

New ROM leaks for Sprint HTC Touch Diamond, includes Mobile Internet Explorer 6

If you’re one of the many Sprint customers who uses an HTC Touch Diamond on a daily basis, this news is for you. A new ROM for the handset has leaked onto the internets, bringing a host of new features, fixes and upgrades with it. Chief amongst the changes is the inclusion of Mobile Internet Explorer 6, which is a major update to Microsoft’s ailing mobile browser. MIE 6 sports full flash support (!!), as well as a number of other minor changes. Additionally, the new Touch Diamond ROM also includes a new build of Opera 9.5, a new audio manager, a new camera app, new fullscreen media player, a new version of rsshub, as well as an improved YouTube client. All told, this seems to be a pretty significant update, though we should caution you that it has yet to receive the Sprint stamp of approval, and as such isn’t for the squeamish or faint of heart. If you think you can stomach it, however, hit this link for the full rundown, and be sure to let us know how it goes.

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HTC’s Touch Viva does low-end for the discerning user

By on January 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM.

HTC’s Touch Viva does low-end for the discerning user

If you can get over the lack of 3G data, coupled with the presence of Windows Mobile, the HTC Touch Viva starts to look more than a little appealing…we suppose. Launching exclusively on T-Mobile Europe where it will be branded as the MDA Basic, the Touch Viva is a down market handset with a decidedly impressive spec sheet. Sporting a 2MP camera, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Wi-Fi, GPS, MicroSD slot, TouchFlo 2D, and an impressive 8 hours of talk time, the Touch Viva can be had for a lowly 4.95 Euro, which works out to a lowly $6.47. Not too shabby. Sure, you won’t be carrying around much of a conversation pieve, and we can think of about a hundred dozen other options that are more to our liking, but if economy and function are you primary concerns (in that order, of course), then the Touch Viva might be worth a look. We wouldn’t hold our breath for an American release, but the Quad-Band EDGE support should make for an affordable Ebay jump if your heart so desires it.

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HTC Iolite comes into focus

By on January 13, 2009 at 5:11 PM.

HTC Iolite comes into focus

The HTC Iolite has been bouncing around in one grainy-pic form or another for the past several weeks, but we’re finally beginning to see some clarified spec listings, not to mention some clarified device shots. The Iolite looks a lot like a modernized version of the Touch Cruise, and sports Windows Mobile 6.1, TouchFlo 3D, 512MB ROM, 288MB RAM, HSDPA/HSUPA with quad-band EDGE, Wifi, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and more, all powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU. In other words, a pretty well-spec’d HTC-sourced Windows Mobile handset. The image also clearly depicts a dedicated key marked HTC Footprints. Geo-tagging anyone? All told, there’s nothing too crazy here but certainly enough to attract the sort of Windows Mobile faithful that are HTC’s bread and butter. We’ll keep you informed as price point and release date come near, but don’t cross your fingers for an American carrier-subsidized release any time soon.

[Via WMExperts]

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Qik adds support for 20 new Windows Mobile handsets

By on December 26, 2008 at 3:15 PM.

Qik adds support for 20 new Windows Mobile handsets

Not to be outdone by Sling’s recent “all in” announcement, Qik has revealed a new beta client with support for 20 more Windows Mobile handsets. The newest version of the slick video streaming software sports the company’s first Palm-compatible client, with support for the 800w and Treo Pro, as well as a plethora of Samsung and HTC-based phones. In addition to the new phones, Qik has included the ability to utilize external flash memory for bigger upload buffers, as well as enhanced support for touchscreen devices. We still think that the live streaming video space is one of the most exciting mainstream tech developments in recent memory, and we’re happy to see the major players committed to continually improving their services. Hit the jump for the full list of newly supported devices, and happy Qikking!

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AT&T Fuze unboxing, first impressions

By on November 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM.

AT&T Fuze unboxing, first impressions

We actually weren’t even going to do an unboxing / first impressions post. Seen one HTC Touch Pro, seen ‘em all, right? Wrong, guys. In a rare example of AT&T not scumming down their devices (adding crapware, horrible themes, removing features, blocking stuff), we think they’ve actually made the device better! For starters, one of the most important things is the connectivity. The regular Touch Pro does not have tri-band UMTS/HSDPA support. The AT&T Fuze does. Also check this… on the original Touch Pro, there were no “OK” and “Start” buttons. A complete meltdown of necessary Windows Mobile functionality. Well, AT&T’s Fuze has both. Instead of the numbers being laid out across the top row of keys, they are in classic number pad format on the left side of the keyboard, and we’re actually really feeling the default AT&T TouchFLO theme here. They even made it so the Start menu was always visible on the home screen, too. We approve. How about a short, short summary? The AT&T HTC Fuze is the best Windows Mobile Professional phone on the market. Good? Make sure you hit the gal-gal for all the shots!

Note: we haven’t reviewed the Sprint Touch Pro, so we’re not sure if the key layout is the same, etc.

Click on over to our AT&T Fuze unboxing gallery!

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