Samsung announces WP7 Mango-powered Omnia W

With the Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango, update this close to being released to the public, Samsung has announced plans to release a new smartphone that supports Windows Phone 7.5. CNet reports that the phone is called the Omnia W and is basically the successor to Samsung's previous Windows Phone 7 product, the Omnia 7. The phone will go on sale in Italy, of all places, by the end of October. There's no word on when or even if the US will get access to the Omnia W. Pricing has also not been announced.

The new smartphone features a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display which is slightly smaller compared to the Omnia 7's 4 inch screen. The Omnia W does have a faster 1.4 GHz processor but it is also just a single core chip. It contains 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a five megapixel camera along with a front facing camera and more. The design of the Omnia 7's case is also more rounded than the rather blocky look of the Omnia 7.

While the smartphone will allow its users access to all of Window Phone 7.5's software and application improvements, Samsung will also give users of the Omnia W access to its own proprietary smartphone apps.  That includes a Video Call app for some video conferencing and chatting even on a 3G network. It also has Samsung's own eReader app and Samsung AllShare, which lets users transfer content between the Omnia W and DLNA-based devices.

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This is not successor to the first omnia. Samsung addopted naming scheme where "S" is for top models and "W" is for middle range. There will be a Focus S and Omnia S.

ACTIONpack said,
That phone is ugly. Thanks Samsung for making an other WP7 that no one will buy!

People whose only carrier choice is the one carrying this phone will buy it.
Or, those with a 3.x" screen now who want the updated hardware with FF camera.

The phone itself looks quite pretty. This is the first time I've seen a WP7 with blue tiles. Want!

But the small screen (3.7"? Really?!) and the unimpressive camera specs (should be atleast 8MP) mean I won't be queuing up for this. Hope the users above me are correct and Samsung has a different, better phone coming out that will serve as their flagship offering.

Laya Maheshwari said,
The phone itself looks quite pretty. This is the first time I've seen a WP7 with blue tiles. Want!

But the small screen (3.7"? Really?!) and the unimpressive camera specs (should be atleast 8MP) mean I won't be queuing up for this. Hope the users above me are correct and Samsung has a different, better phone coming out that will serve as their flagship offering.

Focus S is basically a Galaxy S II with WP7.

Laya Maheshwari said,
The phone itself looks quite pretty. This is the first time I've seen a WP7 with blue tiles. Want!

But the small screen (3.7"? Really?!) and the unimpressive camera specs (should be atleast 8MP) mean I won't be queuing up for this. Hope the users above me are correct and Samsung has a different, better phone coming out that will serve as their flagship offering.

Focus S is basically a Galaxy S II with WP7.

Yeah feel like they are all trying to hit the low consumer price points probably because Nokia has actively flagged that it will offer low priced WP handsets...The omnia has been a great phone but yeah I wouldnt have minded a new chipset and a few more megapixels (even though the omnia has taken some great shots) but im not giving up my screensize for it.

What's with all these weak phones? I know WP can run with less than the requirements of Android but it looks like they're building WP phones purposely weaker to hopefully put it in a position to fail. They should be equally impressive as the Android devices or at least try to make it appear that way.

That's just how it appears to me. Am I the only one? It's not just Samsung.

dogmai79 said,
What's with all these weak phones? I know WP can run with less than the requirements of Android but it looks like they're building WP phones purposely weaker to hopefully put it in a position to fail. They should be equally impressive as the Android devices or at least try to make it appear that way.

That's just how it appears to me. Am I the only one? It's not just Samsung.


not the only one!

dogmai79 said,
What's with all these weak phones? I know WP can run with less than the requirements of Android but it looks like they're building WP phones purposely weaker to hopefully put it in a position to fail. They should be equally impressive as the Android devices or at least try to make it appear that way.

That's just how it appears to me. Am I the only one? It's not just Samsung.


I don't think they're trying to put it in a position to fail. I think they're realizing that the underpinnings of WP7 are so superior that they don't need to add all that extra hardware. What will cause a phone to fail or succeed is not some obscure piece of silicon inside the phone that 99% of the population is completely oblivious to.

The average person will play with both phones, maybe fool around with the browser, then conclude the WP7 phone feels way better. Any technical jargon you spew to them after that point is irrelevant. They're not buying phones based on some arbitrary stats, they're buying them based on how they work.

If you do accept the fact that WP7 can do more with less then why would you want to deal with all the negative factors of trumped up hardware (battery life, heat, cost, etc.).

My personal philosophy; I want my phone to do x. I'd prefer it to do x with as little resources as possible. The amount of arbitrary hardware needed to do x shouldn't be a bragging point, it should be a point of shame if other platforms could do it with way less. If someone brags to me about their phones dual core processor and gig of ram my response is to pull out my Samsung Focus or my wife's iPhone 4, compare the smoothness of the browsers, then ask them what exactly they're so proud of - their phone apparently has twice the horsepower of mine yet pinch zooming runs at 5fps. Their phone apparently has twice the horsepower of mine yet there's perceptible lag when I flick a list. Their phone apparently has twice the horsepower of mine yet I can manage to get 3 keystrokes ahead of the key press animations in the soft keyboard.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
3.7'' screen?
Why in the blue hell?
Not everyone likes big phones. For me, 3.7" is the ideal size, and it's still compact compared to the 4.0"+ phones. I'll take higher pixel density, less battery strain, and AMOLED (Super AMOLED nonetheless) is the icing on the cake.

I miss my Droid Incredible screen Super LCD is nice outside, but it truly suck compared to AMOLED.

tsupersonic said,
Not everyone likes big phones. For me, 3.7" is the ideal size, and it's still compact compared to the 4.0"+ phones. I'll take higher pixel density, less battery strain, and AMOLED (Super AMOLED nonetheless) is the icing on the cake.

I miss my Droid Incredible screen Super LCD is nice outside, but it truly suck compared to AMOLED.

Me likes +4.0''

When i saw the title i was already sadly thinking i'm stuck with my Omnia 7,
But after seeing the image.. I'm still happy i have one. ^^

The big brother to this phone is the Samsung Focus S - 4.3" Super AMOLED+ screen, 1.5Ghz CPU, 8MP Camera, yada yada

FATILA said,
End of October is fairly late. Don't suppose there is any chance of the big brother being out before then.

October - November seems to be the planned release date for a lot of the Mango devices... :-/

the better twin said,
Not particularly impressive.
I guess this wont be their top class Smartphone. They will probably announce something better soon, well, I hope they do.

the better twin said,
Not particularly impressive.

At least it doesn't lool like it's going to break just by looking at it like almost all samsung phones.

Ka74ever said,
I guess this wont be their top class Smartphone. They will probably announce something better soon, well, I hope they do.

AT&T has already announced the Focus S. It's a 4.3 galaxy SII.

Mouettus said,

At least it doesn't lool like it's going to break just by looking at it like almost all samsung phones.


Huh! My Samsung focus is going rock solid for almost one year now - can't understand the hate!