Samsung OMNIA HD Preview
It´s been over a month since MWC 2009 now and we´ve been saying grace to get the opportunity to have at least a sneak peak at one of the showcased models of the company and finally check it out ourselves. Well, it seems our prayers have been answered, we´ve just got our hands on not just any phone, but the very, only Samsung OMNIA HD i8910. The first response it evokes by those who hasn´t seen it is like "Jeez, isn´t that screen huuuuge!". Well, yes, the screen is "just" 3.7-inch one and watching videos gets us warm inside (being only a prototype unit, we did try to resist the temptation, but eventually yielded).
Anyway, let´s just jog your memory and tell you what these most thrilling things about it are. It´s the first phone of the company and actually worldwide to ever feature such an enormous AMOLED touch screen, coming with 16 million colors and resolution of 360x640 pixels, just as many as on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. OMNIA HD is about to blaze a trail in video playback and recording as well, it´s gone HD. It´s referred to by the Korean company as an all-in-one smart phone running the latest Symbian version, but the OS has actually been modified to utilize Samsung´s TouchWiz 3D interface. It´s also got an 8-megapixel autofocus camera, supports DivX and Xvid, Wi-Fi with DLNA support, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, GPS, „HDMI” (through a DLNA Wi-Fi device, which connects to a TV via HDMI), accelerometer, 8 or 16 GB built-in memory and expansion card slot to expand your available storage with up to another 32 GB. All these features are pretty conveniently packed in quite a thin body – 12.9 mm. Well, won´t it try to gain some ground on the expense of the HTC Touch HD? Not really. The only things these phones have in common are the presence of "HD" in both their names, their sizable screens and resolution.
You can compare the Samsung OMNIA HD with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
There are few physical controls on its face side, in this case three only, the send and end buttons and the one to access the main menu. Just above is located the aluminum-laced, capacitive AMOLED screen that delivers stunning and vivid image quality. It features a built-in light sensor positioned just by the video-talk camera, volume rocker, microSD slot, screen lock, microUSB port and camera shutter are located on its sides. If you take a look at its top and bottoms sides you find the 3.5 mm jack and stereo speakers. The latter didn´t exactly blow our mind but we hope we hear a louder sounding phone when the final version takes off.
The whole back side is glossy plastic that, unfortunately, simply loves fingerprints. There´s something far more appealing here – the first 720p (1280x720 pixel) HD-capture 8-megapixel camera worldwide. You can find a few test shots under the multimedia section of this preview.
2. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
What carrier is it going to be on when/if it hits the U.S.?
5. Astromanaught (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)
Well its gsm, so most likely is either AT&T or T-Mobile. Or maybe sold unlocked at retail? Even with carrier subsidizing i would put the price around 300(after $100 mail in rebate). On another note I'm glad to see S60 getting some love state-side. Never owned one but I know those that have it love it.
3. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Samsung is stepping it up, this will be good for the industry.
4. mesign (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Apr 2009)
just wondering if there's anthing to cover the camera lens?
6. Cameron (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)
Na theres not but it is in the phone deep so it dosent matter still nice for things like dust