Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 Preview

Camera and Multimedia:

The 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash that is located on the back utilizes pretty much the same interface as the Samsung OMNIA i910. Some functions are conspicuous in their absence, although none of the missing is of utmost importance – you have face and smile detection, white balance, color effects, ISO sensitivity settings and a number of presets. Videos are captured at VGA resolution, which looks slightly below par for a contemporary cell phone, but the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 is designed to be an unpretending device in terms of video capture anyway. We took several snapshots and a short clip, so you can get an idea of the camera performance. Just keep in mind the handset is a prototype, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about the camera quality.

Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution





The phone TouchPlayer unifies all audio (visualized by relevant album or artist) and video content available. We are pleased to see the player appears differently when switched to landscape – it turns to something quite similar to what can be seen on the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 (or rather, Cover Flow on the iPhone), with large album art and a row of letters below it that allows filtering. Selecting a particular album makes all available tracks show up, so you can choose what to play. There is also the intriguing option to change playback speed and we must say listening to Rihanna´s Pon de Replay at 1.5 times the normal speed is an awesome, unmatched experience!




Videos can be browsed in portrait mode, show up with preview frames and each one of the latter casts a really nicely looking reflection downwards. We didn’t have any troubles watching DivX content on the prototype, but Xvid video files just wouldn’t play. Still, we are sure the problem will have been fixed by the time the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 rolls out.



Expectations:

Wedo expect the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 will prove to be one of the bestbusiness oriented handsets when it finally appears on the market. Theprofound Windows Mobile personalization pack is impressive indeed. Webelieve Samsung has managed to take their device to another level andis about to throw down the gauntlet to the leader on the Windows Mobilesmartphone market – HTC. We can only guess at what´s in the cards forthe Samsung OmniaPRO B7610 and how the retail version will stack upagainst the competition, but we think the phone stands a pretty goodchance of making it to the top.

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