More phone updates

Not much to report recently, although this just caught my eye.

Highlights include:

  • 13.5 hours of talktime
  • Up to 3 hours of video recording at 720p (4.1 hours for D1)

In other words, the battery life in the final units will be seriously improved from the prototypes.

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OmniaHD uses OMAP 3440?

Another link into the mystery of what processor the OmniaHD uses, this one in Italian.  However, it’s pretty easy to understand, and says that the phone uses an OMAP 3440 running 800 Mhz.  The 3440 is capable of HD recording and playback, while the 3430 is not.

The difference is in the caps

Something I noticed about the Nokia N86 versus the Samsung Omnia HD: Nokia’s handset has all of its connectors exposed, while the Samsung unit has caps for all of them.

While I can’t speak for Samsung units across all time, I can make statements about Nokia’s Nseries phones.  Except for the microSD slot, all the hardware “extras,” including the 3.5mm jack and the USB slot, are exposed.  This leads to dust and pocket lint getting inside, and well, it looks like of messy.

On the other hand, the Omnia HD’s 3.5mm jack and USB slot are both protected under a flap.

The really odd part is that my Nokia 6650, from AT&T, has everything under a flap—why does an expensive Nseries phone have exposed connectors while a $60 on-contract phone has things protected?

OMAP3 powers the Omnia HD

I had my suspicions this would be true when I first read about what the i8910 could do, but this article seems to confirm it. The Omnia HD is powered by an OMAP 3 chip with a dedicated graphics processor.  Which kind of OMAP 3 is unclear—there’s a 3430, which is what the Palm Pre is using, and is the most likely candidate for the i8910—but regardless, this means the phone will be incredibly fast and responsive.  The dedicated graphics processor will allow all those fancy animations to render and process that much more quickly too.

You can see some of the cool animations and effects (that don’t exist on Nokia’s S60 5.0 devices) in this video:

It’s 2006 all over again–the real Nokia N95 sucessor has arrived as the Omnia HD

Don’t let the title mislead you—when I say it’s 2006, that’s a good thing.  It was in 2006 that Nokia shocked the world when it unveiled the N95, a phone that even by today’s harsh standards is still a very good phone.

It was today, Feb. 16, 2009, that Samsung has announced the first phone that in my opinion is able to fully replace every aspect of one’s mobile life, just as the N95 did three years ago.

The Samsung i8910 OmniaHD is far more impressive than any other mobile presented at MWC thus far.  The only thing that can rival it at this point is the Sony Ericsson Idou, but that is just a concept for now and not a real competitor due to its far-future release.

The Omnia HD incorporates a gigantic touchscreen, frickin’ HD video recording, and—this is the part the impressed me—triband HSPA, which means it’s fully usuable in North America on the 1900 Mhz frequency band.  WOOHOO!

Let’s take a look at the complete spec sheet:

  • Symbian S60 5.0
  • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA 900/1900/2100
  • 123x58x12.9mm
  • GPS/aGPS
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen @ 640×360
  • 8/16 GB of internal ROM
  • microSD slot up to 32 GB
  • WLAN b/g with DLNA
  • Proximity sensor/Accelerometer
  • 8 MP (3264×2448 ) camera
  • Face/Smile/Blink detection
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording (1280×720@24fps)
  • microUSB (with charging)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • HDMI port
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • FM radio with RDS/FM transmitter
  • Digital compass
  • 1500 mAh battery

In other words: I just jizzed in my pants.

I’ll have my full opinion on this amazing phone later, as well as updates for other phones.  Until then, salivate over those specs.

First Omnia HD/i8910 official photo

The first official press photo has leaked from…somewhere.  It matters not where it came from—what matters is that it’s here and we can clearly see that it’s running S60 (as evidenced by the signal strength and battery indicators at top) and that it has a custom TouchWiz skin/overlay in place of the standard standby screen.

I was wondering if Samsung would put such an overlay in the phone, and now it’s clear they did.  I think it’s a great move and will help greatly with the phone’s finger-friendliness.  Couple that with the rumored capacitive AMOLED screen, and this phone will be a pleasure to use.

If you don’t like TouchWiz, like all S60 phones, the custom overlay can be turned off and the standard standby screen can used instead.

Samsung’s i8910 to officially be the Omnia HD

Or, specifically, the OmniaHD if the superscript is to be recognized.

I think it’s a very interesting name choice.  Of course, I prefer numerical names for phones the best (in this case, the i8910), but at least this is a cool name.  They decided against the codename of “Acme,” which is a relief since it can be easily confused with a pimple breakout.

What’s most interesting about the name is that there is already a Samsung Omnia in existence—a Windows Mobile device that shares essentially no characteristics with this new Omnia HD except for form factor.  So, this would lead me to believe that “Omnia” is not just representative of one device and its successors, but an entire product line or sub-brand.  “Omnia” may represent a new brand of Samsung high-end super smartphones.

Either way, at least its announcement is official now.

Source: PhoneArena