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Samsung Rolls Out Multimedia Smartphone Heavyweights

The Omnia HD smartphone can record in HD and has an 8-megapixel camera, while the Beat DJ mobile handset sports Bang and Olufsen sound technology.

Samsung has introduced a pair of touch-screen smartphones with strong multimedia functions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Omnia HD is the follow-up to the well-received Omnia, and it lives up to its namesake with the ability to record video at 720p resolution. The 3.7-inch screen can't display high-definition natively with its 360-by 640 resolution, but it includes an HDMI port to play back these videos on a monitor or an HD-ready television.


Samsung Rolls Out Multimedia Heavyweights

Samsung's Omnia HD
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The regular camera is powerful as well, as it packs 8 megapixels with autofocus and flash. There's geotagging, and technology for detecting smiles, faces, and blinking. On-board software lets users edit photos and videos directly on the handset.

The handset is powered by Symbian S60 5.0, Samsung's first handset to use that operating system. The OS is tailored for touch input, and the Omnia HD will use the revamped TouchWiz user interface for one-click access to widgets that provide stock, weather, news, and other Web-based information.

Connectivity options on the Omnia HD are what you'd expect from a high-end handset, including Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth. Its GPS chip can use cellular data for assisted GPS functions such as location-based services, and navigation.


Samsung Rolls Out Multimedia Heavyweights

Samsung's Beat DJ
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There will be a robust multimedia player that's capable of playing audio and video, and there's a built-in Office document viewer. To store all this content, the handset will come with 8 GB or 16 GB of memory and users can add more via the MicroSD slot.

Shipments will begin during the second quarter of this year, and Samsung said unit pricing will probably be higher than the existing Omnia smartphone.

The Beat DJ handset is aimed at users looking to replace their personal media players. It has Bang and Olufsen technology for rich music playback. Along with the usual music and video playback technology, the handset has unique DJ software that enables users to create music and sounds, as well as remix song by adding effects.

The handset has a 2.8-inch OLED screen that has a 240-by-400 resolution, and the phone is oval in shape. There's no Wi-Fi, but there is HSDPA 3G for surfing the Web and downloading e-mails. A built-in GPS receiver can be used for directions, location-based searches, and geotagging photos.

The Beat DJ uses the TouchWiz user interface and a proprietary OS. Samsung didn't give a release date or price for the Beat DJ.


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