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.
Video hands-on after the cut
For a start there’s that 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED resistive touchscreen, plus either 8 or 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The GT-i8000 has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and geotagging, face/smile detection, digital image stabilization and 15fps video recording. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g, Bluetooth with A2DP support, a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphones socket and quadband 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE data.
Finally there’s an accelerometer, GPS, DivX/Xvid support, an FM radio with RDS, 800MHz CPU and a 1,500mAh battery, all squashed into a phone 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm in size. In fact the only real drawback about the GT-i8000 is that it runs Windows Mobile 6.1, which even Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 UI can’t really save. Still no word from either the Canadian or US carrier as to whether they’ll be offering the Omnia II GT-i8000.