The Samsung Omnia W is the latest Windows Phone Mango handset to be announced ahead of the bumper update’s roll out in the coming weeks. It looks like Samsung isn’t giving up on the OS yet as rumoured, but something’s still amiss here: why isn’t this the top-end Samsung Galaxy S 2 killer we were hoping for?
Just announced this morning, the Samsung Omnia W sports a 3.7-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED screen, which is substantially smaller than the 4-inch Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone already on sale. Rounding off the specs are a nippier 1.4GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 10.9mm deep chassis.
On the software front, the Samsung Omnia W runs Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, as you’d expect, with a few extra additions of Samsung’s own volition: AllShare, Samsung’s DLNA streaming app for Android and Bada phones makes its debut here, along with a video calling app and an e-
We’re a bit surprised by the Omnia W: where the Omnia 7 matched the Samsung Galaxy S spec for spec, this update sits far below the still mighty Samsung Galaxy S 2 phone in terms of features and hardware. Between that and the presumably upcoming iPhone 5, it could have a hard time standing out – HTC seems to have taken a savvier approach with its own new Windows Phone, the absolutely enormous HTC Titan, giving it the USP of a 4.7-inch screen.
We’re still chasing full availability details for the Samsung Omnia W but expect a release in Italy at least at the end of October.