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Gather ’round ye gadget lovers, for the tale of Samsung I8000 Omnia II. It’s a tale of PocketPC wisdom and touch wizardry, of big screen and pixel aplenty, of ancestry and identity. Lend an ear to this preview as we try to figure out where this creature came from and where it’s heading.

Samsung announced the Omnia HD a few months ago and despite sharing a name with the i900 Omnia, it was more a descendant of the Samsung i8510 INNOV8 with its Symbian OS and strong emphasis on imaging.

Coming a year later, the Samsung I8000 Omnia II is the real proper sequel instead.

Samsung I8000 Omnia II official photo

The number of high-end, touchscreen PocketPC bars is getting ever greater. Off the top of our heads, we could name at least five with WVGA screens over 3 inches and a camera of 3.15 MP or higher. If you include phones with a slide-out QWERTY then the market gets even more crowded. All of these have HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, and sleek UI plug-ins, so this isn’t a differentiating factor.

The Samsung I8000 Omnia II roars into action with a 5 megapixel camera, 800 MHz CPU, and a huge 3.7 AMOLED screen and 8/16 gigabytes of internal storage. Here’s a quick summary of the main I8000 Omnia II specs.

Samsung I8000 Omnia II at a glance:

  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar
  • Dimensions: 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm
  • Display: 3.7-inch 64K-color WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels, Advanced R touch (Resistive Touch)
  • Memory: 8/16GB storage memory, hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • OS: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with custom TouchWiz 2.0 UI with 3D effects
  • CPU: 800 MHz
  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus camera with dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and D1 video recording at 15 fps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, standard microUSB port, standard 3.5mm audio jack, GPS receiver with A-GPS
  • Misc: Accelerometer for screen auto rotate, DivX/XviD video support, FM radio with RDS, DNSe
  • Battery: 1500 mAh battery

Samsung I8000 Omnia II
Samsung I8000 Omnia II
Samsung I8000 Omnia II

The thumbable cube launcher engaged on the wide screen

Bear in mind that the device we’re using for this preview is in the early stages of development so the software will go even further changes before mass production. That said, let’s not waste any more time and check out the contender in the Samsung corner – the I8000 Omnia II. The hardware part awaits you on the next page.

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