They don't seem quite as mad as RIM's co-CEOs were, but Samsung certainly aren't willing to let Apple have the final say when it comes to antenna testing. Responding to Steve Jobs' demonstration of an attenuated Omnia II during the iPhone 4 press conference on Friday, Samsung told the Korea Herald that "reception problems have not happened so far" with their devices, because "our design keeps the [sic] distance between a hand and an antenna."
One of the aspects of the HTC HD2 we most enjoyed was its expansive, eye-catching HTC Sense UI, particularly the way the weather updates swim lazily across the homescreen. If you've always wanted some Sense, but got sucked in by Samsung's hype machine about the Omnia II, fear not: you can now get a hacked ROM for putting the HTC interface onto your AMOLED Samsung.
There's no real new technical data in this latest video of Sony Ericsson's unreleased XPERIA X10, but it does give us a chance to see the Android smartphone cavorting with HTC's HD2, Samsung's Omnia II and that perennial favorite, the iPhone 3GS. Size-wise, if you thought the HD2 was too big then you should probably cancel your XPERIA X10 preorder, as the two look pretty darn similar; in fact, as the video after the cut shows, the X10 is actually a little chubbier than HTC's WinMo finest.
It comes as little surprise, given that we knew a release date from sneak-peaks into the carrier's own systems last week, but Verizon have officially announced that the Samsung Omnia II will drop come December 2nd. The Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone will be priced at $199.99 (after a wretched $100 mail-in rebate) presuming a new two-year agreement, which nets you a 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, EVDO Rev.A, WiFi b/g and a 5-megapixel camera.
There's also Samsung's "3D cube" UI, which we're still less than convinced by, together with Bluetooth and a microSD card slot; Samsung also gave the Omnia II its own 8GB of internal storage. The usual Verizon app suspects are on-board, which includes V CAST Music, Rhapsody support, V CAST Video-on-Demand, V CAST Song ID, visual voicemail, VZW Tones and VZ Navigator.
Perhaps more interestingly, given that screen, is the support for DivX and Xvid video files, meaning the Omnia II might make for a decent PMP replacement. So, anybody thinking of picking up this touchscreen Windows Phone as an early Christmas present?
Amazon is pretty much a bastion of information at this point, isn't it? Things keep popping up on their site, both locally and globally that would lead most manufacturers to pull their hair out in frustration. And while we're sure that this time around, in regards to Samsung, no one is all that upset with the phone finding its way to the digital shelves, we're sure that someone has to be upset. Or maybe angry at the world. Because that's the only realistic way the Omnia II could have acquired a price like this.
TouchWiz wasn't the greatest. TouchWiz 2.0 was a huge leap in the right direction. But there was always going to be something holding back Samsung from taking any steps forward in the mobile marketplace, and it had nothing to do with proprietary software on their phones. They lacked what everyone else and their second-cousin has: a way to get first- and third-party developed applications onto their phones. Well, it looks like that's about to change.
Listings for several new devices have appeared in Verizon's inventory database and been leaked courtesy of a phoneArena tipster. While the handsets include the BlackBerry Storm 2, HTC Touch Pro2 (XV6875) and Samsung Omnia II, all of which we've known for some time will be arriving on the network, also mentioned are the Palm P101 and Palm P121.
A leaked Sprint spec sheet has delivered the details of a number of so-far unreleased Windows Mobile devices, including the AT&T HTC Touch Pro2, the LG Monaco, HTC Warhawk and Samsung Omnia 2. While the existence of the four devices was already known, the Sprint document does go into more detail about specifics than earlier information; for instance, that the LG Monaco is now expected to land with Windows Mobile 6.x (likely 6.5) rather than the previously tipped Windows Mobile 7.
Well, August 23 has come and gone, and the Samsung Omnia 2 hasn't graced the shelves at your local Verizon retailer, but Samsung doesn't want you to freak out. In fact, they want you to take a look at a creepy silhouette of the Omnia II and rejoice in the fact that it's coming soon. Whenever that means.
It's not the first video we've seen of Samsung's Omnia II GT-i8000 and it's very unlikely to be the last, but news that the dualband 850/1900MHz 3G HSDPA/HSUPA version of the AMOLED touchscreen smartphone has cleared the FCC is definitely worth celebrating with some moving pictures. Beyond the AT&T and Rogers Canada friendly wireless bands there's little here that we didn't know already, but don't let that disappoint you: the Omnia II is still a very tempting smartphone.