Samsung Omnia W grabs Mango: bigger processor, smaller screen

Sep 26, 2011
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Samsung has revealed its latest Windows Phone 7 device, the Samsung Omnia W, running WP7.5 Mango on a 1.4GHz single-core processor. The successor to the original Omnia 7, the Omnia W shrinks the display somewhat to a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED panel, but drops a tenth of a millimeter to come in at 10.9mm thick and falls to 115.3g.

There's also 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel main camera with autofocus and an LED flash. Like other recent Windows Phone 7 Mango devices we've seen, Samsung has slotted a front-facing camera - running at mere VGA resolution - into the bezel to support video calling. Connectivity includes dualband 900/2100 HSPA and quadband GSM/EDGE, along with WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.

As well as the various improvements in Mango itself - more on which in our technical preview - Samsung has spent some time working over its software. There's the company's own AllShare DLNA support for media streaming, a 3G-compatible video calling app, the Mini Diary we've seen on Android devices and an ebook reader, among other things.

Unfortunately, while the speed boost is welcome, this isn't the "Galaxy S II running Windows Phone" we were hoping for. Samsung's focus looks still to be on its Android line-up, where interesting devices like the Galaxy Note make the Omnia W look, frankly, mundane.

[via Crave - thanks Yutaka!]


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