Whoever said that all new superphones had to be powered by Android
? Exactly. Samsung
has placed all of that noise from the ongoing Apple patent battles on hold for a moment, long enough to launch a Windows Phone 7 device that will certainly make waves across the industry. The Omnia family is gaining another member with the Omnia W, their first smartphone to be based on Mango
. The company's prior WP7 offers were long before the newest version of the software, and users have been eager as ever to get their hands on the newest iteration.
Like some other high-powered Samsung handsets, this one also has a 3.7" Super AMOLED display, an enriched content and social communication experience enabled by People Hub, 5MP camera, 1.4GHz processor, integrated 14.4Mbps HSPA+ connectivity and access to Windows Live Sky Drive, which provides 25GB of free storage and allows documents and media files to be easily stored and accessed anywhere.
Seamless access to entertainment is afforded by the integration of a Picture Hub, Music & Video Hub – powered by Microsoft Zune – and Game Hub, which provides the latest in social gaming experiences through Xbox live, meaning that friends can chat with each other while gaming. Users can stay up-to-date with the latest news and events through the Now 2.0 app, which provides up-to-the minute current affairs, stock market and weather information on the go. RSS Time allows RSS feeds for newspapers, magazines and blogs to be downloaded onto the device. The device features enhanced social network integration, with Twitter and LinkedIn weaved throughout the Omnia W in addition to Facebook.
The Omnia W will be commercially available starting in Italy from end-October and gradually rolled to globally including Europe, CIS, Latin America, Africa, South East and South West Asia, and we're guessing America won't be too far behind.