The INNOV8 is based on Symbian OS v9.3 with S60 3rd edition Feature Pack 2, which is the latest version of this system. It is targeted not only as a cameraphone, but as an all-in-one multimedia device. Unlike the OMNIA, it features DivX but lacks XviD support, which limits its video playback capabilities to a certain point. For music playback, it has stereo speakers and 3D surround sound effect and DNSe 2.0, which is Samsung’s DSP technology, claimed to deliver better sound from portable devices. For storing information, the INNOV8 has 16GB of memory (there is also variant with 8GB) plus microSDHC slot. It will come preloaded with 3D games, including Asphalt and FIFA 08 (there is no information if these will be demos or full versions).
The new phone is a quad-band GSM with dual-band 3G UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz for use in Europe. It features integrated Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) and aGPS for navigation as well. Internet browsing is also claimed to be a great experience with the 4-way D-pad and the optical mouse (as the one used in OMNIA and i780) and 2.8 inch display. The only drawback we see in the specifications is the resolution of the display, which is only QVGA instead of the more suitable for such phone VGA.
Samsung INNOV8 is going to be launched in Europe sometime in August, and then expanded to other markets during September. Pricing is not announced.
Samsung INNOV8 Preliminary Specifications