Samsung Omnia Pro Smartphone Debuts Earlier than Expected

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-06-15
 
 
 

It was rumored that the Samsung Omnia Pro smartphone might arrive in August, but Samsung is said to have regained control of the leaking information and officially introduced the new smartphone-formerly named the Louvre B7610-in time for the start of the CommunicAsia show in Singapore, held June 16 to 19.
 
Unwired View first published images of the smartphone, which features a 3.5-inch AMOLED touch-screen with 480 by 800 pixels. Hiding behind the screen is a four-row QWERTY keyboard that slides down along the length of the device's side.
 
Unless two color options will be available, the front of the device appears to be charcoal, and its back side, with the camera eye, has a subtle ripple design and is a shade a manufacturer might like to call Merlot (though Chianti might be more on the money).
 
The Omnia Pro will work over HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access)/SHUPA networks and offer two user interfaces, Pro and Media, for separating business and pleasure; a dedicated key will enable users to seamlessly switch between the two.
 
Other features include GPS, Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, FM radio, a 5.1-megapixel camera, an 800MHz CPU, 1GB of internal memory and a MicroSDHC card for adding 32GB of memory.
 
No official price was offered, but Unwired View hopes for a retail price below 500 Euro, which converts to nearly $699-the price of the unsubsidized Nokia N97.
 
According to PC Magazine, Samsung also introduced the Omnia Pro B7320, a slab-style phone with a keyboard, the Omnia Lite B7300, a Windows Mobile phone with a touch-screen, and the Omnia II for the Verizon Wireless network. Samsung executives said the Omnia Pro B7610, B7320 and B7300 will not be coming to the United States, according to PC Magazine.

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