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Samsung Unveils Touchscreen Smartphone

Samsung takes on Apple's latest iPhone with its Omnia, which sports a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

Not wanting Apple's 3G iPhone to get all the hype, Samsung introduced Monday its own touchscreen smartphone.

The company unveiled the Samsung i900 Omnia, a Windows Mobile smartphone. Its features should put it on par with HTC's Touch Diamond, and perhaps with Apple's latest smartphone.

The Omnia sports a 3.2-inch WideQVGA display that can be navigated by touch. Like the iPhone, the Omnia features an accelerometer sensor that auto-rotates the screen depending on how the user holds it. But Samsung's latest device also has handwriting recognition for jotting down notes.


Samsung's Omnia features a touchscreen that automatically adjusts from landscape to portrait mode.
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Samsung Omnia
Samsung's Omnia features a touchscreen that automatically adjusts from landscape to portrait mode.

Samsung's smartphone is also fairly thin, measuring in at 12.5 millimeters. It comes with an ample amount of internal memory, with 8-GB and 16-GB versions slated to be released. Additionally, the device features a microSD slot to expand memory up to 16 GB.

Samsung's latest smartphone also features a 5-megapixel camera with face and smile detection plus auto-panorama shot. Utilizing the device's built-in GPS, users can also geotag photos. Most smartphone cameras top out at 3-megapixels, with Nokia's N95 being an exception.

The Omnia, which runs Windows Mobile 6.1, also has many features for mobile professionals. It has push e-mail, a Microsoft Office viewer, Bluetooth support, an Opera browser, contact manager, and integrated Wi-Fi.

The device has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, and is compatible with wireless carriers' 3G networks. For multimedia, the Omnia plays a host of audio and video formats and features a built-in FM radio.

The Omnia will be available in Southeast Asia first, and then be launched in other markets over the second half of 2008, Samsung said.

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