Samsung OMNIA brings a PC environment to your mobile
By Emily Clark
July 9, 2008
July 9, 2008 Samsung has unveiled its new all-in-one maxi-phone, complete with multimedia enhanced smartphone features. The OMNIA (Latin for “everything”) brings together your work and personal life by coupling high performance business content with style and a fun.
The OMNIA SGH-i900 offers a dynamic multi-media experience to ensure consumers are always connected both at home and at work. It allows users to switch easily between Microsoft Outlook email and productivity applications that replicate the look and feel of their PC. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system means users have a mobile extension to their PC, with access to MS Office documents such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word. The operating system also allows additional programs to be downloaded and customized, as they would on a PC. For ease of navigation an optical mouse, similar to those on laptop computers, offers improved usability and one-handed control.
Digital entertainment can be viewed easily on the OMNIA thanks to a wide 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD screen for videos and slide shows in high-resolution and advanced audio capabilities. MultiCodec support for DivX, Xvid and other video formats eliminates the need for file format conversions. Users also have the assurance of a long-life detachable battery for extended playback. The handset also offers generous internal memory (available in 8GB or 16GB capacity options and extendable slot for additions) to ensure ample storage space for digital assets. The phone is equipped with a five-megapixel camera with auto-focus (AF), face and smile detection and auto-panorama shot. GPS, including navigation and geo-tagging capabilities, rounds out the phone’s extensive capabilities.
Despite the maxi-phone features, the OMNIA boasts an ultra-slim 12.5-mm profile and a platinum-look finish that fits in the palm of the user’s hand. The Samsung OMNIA is available in Asia now and will be released into Europe later this month. The 16GB handset retails for around US$899.