In a brief but surprising development, Samsung today officialy launched the Omnia HD in India. That is not what was surprising, the interesting thing was the the Omnia HD will hit India with a 1 GHZ processor rather than the 600MHZ ARM Cortex A8 that it is available with abroad.
Another interesting things is the name. When it was first announced, Samsung called it the Omnia HD, later on they decided it was better off with i8910 but on the Samsung India website, there is no mention of the i8910 bit. The demo models at the Mumbai launch although did carry the i8910 tag.
The device will retail at Rs. 33,990 ($700) similar to what the N97 sells for making it a very tempting high end Symbian device. Basic specifications include:
The much larger processor should hopefully help capture much better video as the with the 600 MHZ piece it did suffer from the problem of dropped frames while shooting in HD. All the device misses is a hardware keyboard. But as was the case with the N97, Samsung haven’t managed to ship the device with a decent initial firmware, so if they can do that in India, I’m sure a lot of people will give this device a long hard look before making a purchase decision.
Samsung today unveiled the Omnia HD i8190, a device that could well possibly be the phone of the MWC. The phone runs on S60 5th Edition, packs a 3.7″ AMOLED display, an 8MP camera and is capable of full 720p HD video recording, a first for any S60 smartphone.
At just 12.7mm, it is pretty slim and pleasing to the eye. The device is completely touch based and the few buttons that it has are placed similar to those on the Nokia 5800.
Delicious. Samsung is fast emerging as the main competitor for Nokia in the S60 space, it is actually not merely competing but setting the bar pretty high if the leaked Samsung Acme i8910 is anything to go by. Not only did Samsung beat Nokia in the race to the 8MP camera, it also seems all set to trump it in getting the first HD video recording capable handset to the market.
The Samsung Acme i8910 will also be the third S60 touch handset after the Nokia 5800 and the N97. It is clearly focused on Imaging and also packs a HDMI out slot. Eldar from Mobile-Review had an opportunity to try the HD video capture on the device and reports that the phone dies in a mere 40 minutes with HD recording in play, although that might/probably will change by the time the device gets to the market.
Here are a few other major specs of the upcoming Samsung:
A wide touchscreen display – Exact resolution uncertain
WIFI & DNLA
8MP camera with a single LED flash and HD video recording
A 3.5mm jack
With the Mobile World Congress just around the corner we can also expect to be surprised by the Finish giant, for all we know Nokia’s Imaging flagship might also be on its way. What eventually happens – we’ll know in 9 days.
Wow! I almost never expected this to happen, but its true. Ladies and Gentlemen – Nokia no longer has the top spec S60 powered handset. Samsung has powered ahead of Nokia’s upcoming flagship the N96, at least as far as core specifications go. The upcoming Samsung i8510 also known as the InnoV8, is based on S60 OS v9.3 Feature Pack 2 and comes with the 2.8″ QVGA screen. Like the N96, this is also a slider and looking at both these handsets from a bird’s eye there is not much of difference. Samsung has extensive experience with sliders and Nokia also has been learning, slowly but surely so the difference will most likely come down to user experience. That being said, the Samsung offering is better at least specwise in quite a few areas and here’s how.