Samsung Upgrades Omnia Series to Windows Mobile 6.5

Relaunches them as Windows phones

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung has announced today that it plans on upgrading five of its handsets included in the Omnia series to the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system from Microsoft, namely the OmniaPRO B7610, OmniaPRO B7320, OmniaPRO B7330, OmniaLITE (B7300), and Omnia II (I8000).

According to the company, the new phones are expected to become available on the market later during the ongoing year, packed with a series of new features and enhancements, so as to be appealing to a wide range of users. The upcoming Omnia series of Windows phones from Samsung should include great connectivity capabilities, as well as improved productivity features for users on-the-go.

“The Omnia Series is one of Samsung’s most important lineups yet and definitively shows our leadership in the smartphones marketplace,” said JK Shin, executive vice president and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Division. “Samsung’s smartphone strategy is to provide both powerful multimedia features, with brighter and faster AMOLED displays, and offer efficiency and convenience at work supported by an advanced open operating system,” Shin added.

The Omnia II, OmniaPRO B7610, and OmniaPRO B7320, which have been launched on the market with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 OS on board, will all receive an upgrade to the upcoming 6.5 flavor of the platform, Samsung said, adding that all Omnia Series devices would be powered by the upcoming operating system as soon as it reached the market.

The Omnia II (launched in June) comes with a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, TouchWiz 2.0 UI and an R Touch feature with touch-optimized usability. The OmniaLITE (B7300) should come in October with WM6.5, Opera Browser, Microsoft Office Suite, HSDPA & Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3-megapixel camera and GPS receiver. OmniaPRO B7610 (released in July) sports a 5-megapixel camera, multi-codec support for high-quality video rendering, AMOLED display and GPS with A-GPS.

OmniaPRO B7330 will come in October with WM6.5 on board right from the start, FM radio, a 3-megapixel camera, messaging capabilities and fast navigation. Samsung OmniaPRO B7320 (launched in July) sports a QWERTY keypad, social networking applications such as Facebook and MySpace, instant messaging capabilities (MSN, Google Talk and Yahoo Chat), and more.


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