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:
- A 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- TouchWiz UI (Samsung’s homescreen implementation),
- a 8MP camera with 720p video capture
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DLNA
- 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.7Mbps HSUPA
- 16GB internal memory, wih a microSD slot
- Video player with Divx, Xvid support
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.