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Samsung Omnia 7 (Samsung GT-I8700)

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 Samsung Omnia 7 Available now
11th October 2010

Running the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a powerful smartphone with a large 4" display that should provide effective competition for other high-end smartphones.

Featuring a radically different user interface and experience from earlier versions of Windows - and indeed pretty much any other smartphone - the new Windows Phone 7 platform is as yet untested in a consumer environment. Applications for older versions of Windows won't run on Windows Phone 7, so Microsoft need to encourage developers to write for it.. the problem being that developers will be reluctant to write for a platform if very few people are buying it, and customers may be put off the phone if there are no applications available.

We are either witnessing the start of something very big here, or a complete and utter disaster. But the fact that the Omnia 7 is a very desirable piece of hardware is a very positive start.

 Samsung Omnia 7 The 4" screen is a Super AMOLED panel with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Inside is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM, coupled with 8GB of internal memory. On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and HD video recording, and the Samsung Omnia 7 also has a multimedia player capable of supporting all major formats plus an FM radio.

The is a 3.5G device with a maximum download speed of up to 7.2Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76Mbps, the Omnia 7 also supports WiFi and there is also Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity. The Omnia 7 has GPS built in, although we're not sure what navigation options are available at this time.

A large 1500 mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 6 hours talktime and 13 days standby time on 3G. Overall, the Omnia 7 weighs 138 grams and measures 122 x 60 x 11mm.

To a large extent, all Windows Phone 7 handsets are going to be very similar as Microsoft have set the minimum hardware specification to be very high-end, and they are also retaining tight control of their operating system which means that manufacturers will not be able to customise it in the ways that they did before.

The Samsung Omnia 7 shares a very similar specification to the Android-based Galaxy S, and we assume that it will cost roughly the same amount, perhaps around €500 in retail outlets. We don't know exactly when the Omnia 7 will be available in the shops, but we expect to see it before the end of the year.

Samsung Omnia 7 (GT-I8700) at a glance


Q4 2010


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 1900 / 2100




4.0" 480 x 800 pixels


5 megapixels


Tablet smartphone
122 x 64 x 11mm/ 138 grams



Memory card:







Not specified




Windows Phone 7

Battery life:

6 hours talk / 13 days standby (3G)

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