Samsung Omnia Ushers in New Era of Camera Smartphones
Probably not the best day to debut a smartphone as Apple kicks off its developer’s conference with new iPhone buzz, but the Samsung i900 gets its debut as the Samsung Omnia. The phone was first reported as having slim and sexy design, but lacks a truly compelling reason to upgrade, unless you are a fan of fashion phones.
However, now that the specs are out, the phone features a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection technology, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Bluetooth, WiFi, FM, GPS, HSPA at 7.2 Mbps, an accelerometer, quad-band GSM/EDGE, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, and will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB versions.
Engadget Mobile is reporting availability as soon as later this month in certain areas while European availability will be next month.
The phone is unique in that it is the first truly advanced cameraphone on Windows Mobile from a major brand. It has face detection, auto-focus, and will sport a 5 megapixel camera. Hopefully, picture quality will be good enough to compete with the Nokia N95 and the forthcoming N96, which will also feature auto-focus.
Traditionally, Windows Mobile phones have been weak in the camera department. The Samsung i900 Omnia will hopefully change the game.