Samsung planning ‘brilliant' new Windows Phones for Europe

It’s fair to say that Samsung’s current Windows Phone offering in Europe isn’t exactly mind-blowing. After its impressive Omnia 7 was released with the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices in October 2010, the Omnia W was something of a disappointment for many, who saw its similar specs and smaller screen as not being much of an improvement over its predecessor, especially in light of increasingly superlative rival handsets, such as Nokia’s Lumia 800 and the HTC TITAN.

Samsung currently offers two devices in the US – the 3.7" Focus Flash (which is essentially the Omnia W in all but name) and the Focus S, a higher-end device with a larger 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display. Many had hoped that Samsung might eventually bring the Focus S to Europe in some form, but a new report appears to quash that dream – but does offer hope of bigger and better things.


Samsung's Omnia W. Nice, but not terribly exciting.

According to Windows Phone watcher Professeur Thibault, via trusted sources that he has spoken with directly, the Focus S will almost certainly not make it to Europe in any form. Samsung has reportedly offered it to numerous carriers and retailers in Europe, but they’ve viewed it as being too close in design to the Android-powered Galaxy S II. Although there are obvious differences in the operating system, the similarities in hardware design were presumably considered so great that Samsung’s retail partners didn’t want to risk any marketing confusion, especially with one of their most successful and most popular smartphones.

But that doesn’t mean that the Omnia W will have to soldier on indefinitely as the only Samsung Windows Phone in Europe. Thibault’s source also revealed that the company has numerous Windows Phones on its roadmap, and says that “they should be brilliant”.

That’s encouraging, but we can only hope that Samsung accelerates the pace of development, to deliver these exciting new handsets sooner rather than later.

Image via Samsung.

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I am really interested in getting a windows phone device but I am on T-Mobile and there isn't anything I am willing to buy.

What's the deal with the 'S' tacked on to every high end phone these days? HTC (name) S, Samsung (name) S, Sony (name) S? Does it stand for anything in particular?

BigGiantHead said,
What's the deal with the 'S' tacked on to every high end phone these days? HTC (name) S, Samsung (name) S, Sony (name) S? Does it stand for anything in particular?

"Super Duper"...

BigGiantHead said,
Does it stand for anything in particular?

The 'S' stands for "Super Smart" on Samsung smartphones. The text below is taken from one of their press releases.

New ways to identify your GALAXY Smartphones

According to the new naming structure, new class designators refer to the specific category that the smartphone product fits into, for example a premium device, or an entry-level device. All classes will be used within the higher branding of the 'GALAXY' smartphones.

- "S" (Super Smart) - Devices at the very pinnacle of Samsung's mobile portfolio. This class will only be used on flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the award-winning smartphone that has already sold 10 million units throughout the world.
· "R" (Royal / Refined) - Premium category models, a combination of power, performance and productivity for the individual who wants to be defined by the technology they carry.
· "W" (Wonder) - High quality, strategic models, perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance.
· "M" (Magical) -High-performance models at an economic price-point.
· "Y" (Young) - These are entry models or strategic models for emerging markets or a younger audience more sensitive to price.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/0...ines-naming-strategy-along/

Confusion, because of hardware similarity? That's odd. The operating systems couldn't have been any more different. Don't think it would have caused "confusion".

FMH said,
Confusion, because of hardware similarity? That's odd. The operating systems couldn't have been any more different. Don't think it would have caused "confusion".

Not to mention, the windows start button physically on the phone..

Beyond Godlike said,

Not to mention, the windows start button physically on the phone..

I think they are just playing it very safe.

FMH said,
Confusion, because of hardware similarity? That's odd. The operating systems couldn't have been any more different. Don't think it would have caused "confusion".

You'd seriously be surprised how ****ing stupid most consumers actually are.

What I'd really like is a phone that has no visible seals like its just a smooth stone like one that washes up on a shore of a beach. The Nokia Lumia 800 is very close to that with its beautifully tapered edges and OLED display it gives a real sense of completeness, and by that I mean it makes it look like one device not a mesh of many different components that are fitted together.

That kind of visual simplicity is attractive to me and if device makers want to impress me they should be driving towards that kind of industrial design. I currently own an iPhone 4S but to me the Lumia 800 is the best looking phone on the market right now, but it's nothing that can't be improved upon, the Lumia 900 already looks nice.

Then we come to this Samsung on this page and it looks quite ugly with all different coloured plastics coming together. Gives it to me anyway.. a cheap look. I think Samsung can do better their TV's certainly look great.

Galaxy S series (incl S II) Have take out the high end android and I'm hoping samsung bring some beautiful phones to the WP7 market. TBH I like the looks of WP7 the most, I am a designer and I think MS have really nailed the UI. Can't comment on it's actual workings tho.

So this is good news, keen to see some powerful, light and good looking WP7 Devices as well at the next installment to the galaxy line.

Yay Samsung

Auzeras said,
Galaxy S series (incl S II) Have take out the high end android and I'm hoping samsung bring some beautiful phones to the WP7 market. TBH I like the looks of WP7 the most, I am a designer and I think MS have really nailed the UI. Can't comment on it's actual workings tho.

So this is good news, keen to see some powerful, light and good looking WP7 Devices as well at the next installment to the galaxy line.

Yay Samsung

Samsung makes the best, so id imagine with the best looking OS theyd be pretty beast. WP8 might be my next phone whenever thats out

Auzeras said,
Galaxy S series (incl S II) Have take out the high end android and I'm hoping samsung bring some beautiful phones to the WP7 market. TBH I like the looks of WP7 the most, I am a designer and I think MS have really nailed the UI. Can't comment on it's actual workings tho.

So this is good news, keen to see some powerful, light and good looking WP7 Devices as well at the next installment to the galaxy line.

Yay Samsung

Samsung makes the best, so id imagine with the best looking OS theyd be pretty beast. WP8 might be my next phone whenever thats out

Beyond Godlike said,

Samsung makes the best, so id imagine with the best looking OS theyd be pretty beast. WP8 might be my next phone whenever thats out

I think Samsung make markedly better phones than the one or two other main competitors out there (HTC,LG). Its not much competition to be honest. Now with Nokia in the mix we are going to start seeing Samsung lift their game even further. Then perhaps we will see a real devide start to show - Nokia and Samung (high end quality), all the others main stream with a one or two high almost high end phones.

as147 said,

I think Samsung make markedly better phones than the one or two other main competitors out there (HTC,LG). Its not much competition to be honest. Now with Nokia in the mix we are going to start seeing Samsung lift their game even further. Then perhaps we will see a real devide start to show - Nokia and Samung (high end quality), all the others main stream with a one or two high almost high end phones.

You are forgetting iphone which is their biggest competitor actually. At least when it comes to top end phones like Galaxy S series.