Samsung has totally reinvented itself in the past year. In the smartphone industry, where it was once a has-been, it is now one of the most popular mobile phone brands. Samsung and Android have had a symbiotic relationship, with both benefiting from it. However, now, Samsung is trying to venture into different platforms.
It has already launched its own Bada platform, with about 5 phones announced for it so far, the latest being the Samsung Wave 2 S8530.
Now it is also planning to launch some phones running on Windows Phone 7, the latest mobile OS by Microsoft which will be officially launched on October 11. Details of the Samsung Cetus have already leaked out; the other phone is the Samsung Omnia 7 i8700.
The Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 has a standard candybar design with a huge 4 inch display and the three standard keys - Back, Windows and Search. The 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and is a SuperAMOLED one, the same as the Galaxy S. The design is very simple but looks quite elegant.
Hardware and OS
All the Windows Phone 7 devices that we have seen so far have sported very similar hardware, the Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 is no exception. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM, the minimum required to be called a high end smartphone these days. It also has 8 GB internal memory.
It will run Windows Phone 7, probably without any UI enhancements. The amount of RAM and the capable processor are more than adequate for fast performance. It will come with Microsoft Office Mobile built in, so you can edit and view Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.
A 5 megapixel camera is the new standard now; even the Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 offers one. It has a 5 MP camera with an image capture resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has autofocus and LED flash. It sports features like geo-tagging etc.
It also has a stereo FM radio with RDS and can play almost all the standard audio and video formats - MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, MP4, H.264 and WMV.
The Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 sports all the connectivity features you will need in a smartphone. It has GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. It also has microUSB 2.0 connectivity and comes with a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support. It will come with the new Internet Explorer Mobile which is supposed to be the best yet.
The Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 is one of the best new Windows Phone 7 devices we will see at launch. It is quite stylish and has some really powerful hardware.