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CONFIRMED: Samsung announces German i900 Omnia availability for August [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 14.07.08 - 16:04:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 23904x
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Following Samsung's earlier announcement to launch the SGH-i900 Omnia Windows Mobile Professional this summer, Samsung Germany just unveiled the German release date and price for Germany. In Germany, the i900 Omnia will be available from 6th August and without a contract, the 8 GB version will be available for 649 Euro. Furthermore, Samsung confirmed that the i900 Omnia will be available from all four German carriers (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2); while so far only O2 Germany was confirmed. The SGH-i900 Omnia runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are on board as well as a an FM radio and a GPS receiver.

The Synaptics 3.2" WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) touch screen features haptics and vibrations give users feedback when the display is touched. Tap, sweep, drag and drop operations let consumers navigate through the TouchWiz UI. An accelerometer auto-rotates the display when tilted on the side.
As known from the Samsung SGH-i780 already, also the i900 features a touch sensitive trackpad instead of a regular D-Pad. The Omnia comes with a built-in 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera with facial and smile detection, auto-panorama shot and image stabilizer.
At a size of 112 x 56.9 x 12.5 mm, the i900 features a 1440 mAh battery.

UPDATE: Both, T-Mobile Germany and Vodafone Germany are now showing the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia as coming soon (Vodafone even calls it the "Samsung i900V Omnia"). While O2 Germany isn't listing it yet, the German carrier confirmed a launch in a previous press release already.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by theefman on 14.07.08 - 16:17:41

Arne, any idea if this will come to the UK and what about the 16GB version? Thanks

Posted by Arne Hess on 14.07.08 - 16:41:04

Yes, I can confirm the i900 Omnia is definitely coming to the UK. However I'm not sure which carrier will take it but Samsung will definitely release it to the open market. August seems to be reasonable for the UK as well.

Posted by pablo escobar on 14.07.08 - 16:50:28

great news, thanks a lot arne!

but i still have some questions concerning the announcement of samsung germany.

did they mention the availability and the price of 16gb version of the i900 in germany?
and do you know if the device comes with a mineral glass display like the tedious iphone or does ist have the same equipment like the f480 with its scratchprone plastic display?

Posted by Arne Hess on 14.07.08 - 17:01:49

No word about the 16 GB version (which sounds to me like all German carriers have chosen the 8 GB version only).
Also I think I said it in a previous comment in a different thread already - the i900 uses the "Windows Mobile" typical plastic display which makes sense since the screen isn't capacitive like the iPhone display but resistive and resistive screens using a thin film on top of the glass or plastic to recognize screen or finger taps. Nevertheless, with the right protection IMHO it's not a problem at all.

Posted by Pablo Escobar on 14.07.08 - 17:09:17

thanks a lot for the information.

yes, with the right protection there isn´t any problem and there´s a nice protection case for the i900.

Posted by Paul on 14.07.08 - 20:33:07

I defo want the 16gb version,but £500 for 8gb what a rip off will have to wait for price to come down next year or forget the Omnia & wait to see how much the LG KC910 will sell for what a shame, still I hope the price will be cheaper in the UK.

Posted by Rachel on 14.07.08 - 20:45:59

Hmm, I wonder..
Germany isn't that far from Holland, do u think they'll release it at the same time overhere?
I truly hope so, since I'm really falling in love with the Omnia;-).
Thanks for the information!

Posted by Arne Hess on 14.07.08 - 23:35:13

I have no idea/information about a release in Holland. I would think so that it will be released across Europe but with Pocket PCs, we always have the problem that they support one user language only. So your, more or less, confirmed options are a German or UK English Omnia while I have no information about a Dutch UI. :-(

Posted by the undude on 15.07.08 - 05:06:42

arne - this great news!

so you know any dates for a usa release?

Posted by Arne Hess on 15.07.08 - 09:05:45

Sorry, no information about a possible US release (date).

Posted by Carlos on 15.07.08 - 16:28:14

BIG MISS again can't be Iphone killer if it does not have ALL 3G frequencies that work both Europe and USA like Iphone 3G

Nice try.

Posted by mahoni on 15.07.08 - 16:41:19

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/06/ … ent-205266
http://www.cellphonesignal.com/att/3536 … -at-t.html

just have to wait for us version ...

Posted by jacka$$1 on 15.07.08 - 22:20:07

I completely agree with Carlos.  It's no use to compare this with the iPhone 3G if it doesn't have triband 3G. Regardless of the Omnia's superior feature set.

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.07.08 - 09:39:42

@Carlos/jacka$$1 What do you mean with comparing it to the iPhone? Nobody here compared it to the iPhone and I would never do it neither. On the other hand you have to be fair; sure - triband (or even quadband) WCDMA would be better to make it fully functional in North America as well but you highlighted just one failure of the i900 where it is weaker. What's about the support for HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps where the iPhone only features 3.6 Mbps? Or the 5 megapixel *autofocus* camera with photo light where the iPhone only features a 2 megapixel fixfocus caam without photo light?
I thin everybody has to select the best features for the personal need and if you are a European or Asian and you rarely travel to North America, you don't need triband WCDMA at all since the rest of the world uses the same frequencies for UMTS/HSDPA. And if you are inbound roaming to the US, you have at least quadband EDGE which is - IMHO - good enough for a short visit anyway while I agree that I want the maximum as well but this also includes the camera and the usable bandwidth.

Posted by cheryl on 30.07.08 - 13:32:31

Only the 8GB not the 16GB is going to be available in UK. Release date for pre-orders is 11-18th august. ie play.com

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