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Samsung Announces i900 Omnia, Picks a Horrible Day

Look! Look! Apple announced the new iPhone ahead of schedule! Huh? Wait a minute, is that a decent camera? Ok ok, that’s not an iPhone at all. Samsung appears to be doing their best imitation of the dumb kid that used to copy all of your test answers over your shoulder back in elementary school. Remember what happened to that kid when he got caught? Samsung won’t have to stand in any corners but we’ll venture a guess that sales figures well under target will be punishment enough. The handset itself is very solid but it will undoubtedly be overshadowed a bit. Timing, as they say, is everything. Specs:

  • 3.2-inch 240 x 400 WQBGA display
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA (presumably not US), EDGE, WiFi
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI over Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 5 megapixel CMOS camera with auto-focus, face and smile detection, geotagging and panorama mode
  • Integrated accelerometer
  • FM Radio
  • 8 GB and 16 GB versions

Pricing will be in the $600 – $700 range when the i900 Omnia launches next week, initially in the Asian market. It will then go on sale in Europe next month. The Omnia looks sweet and certainly seems to pack specs to match but two hours from now, all eyes will be elsewhere. Hey, it was fun while it lasted.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.