Samsung launches Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-based Omnia W

Samsung launches Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-based Omnia WSay hello to Mango, for the Samsung Omnia 7 is here. Yeah, we know it's not technically the first Windows Phone 7.5 device – but we'll bet that given a week or two it'll be the first one you can remember.

That's because it's packing a serious helping of high-end mobile specs, not to mention Microsoft's fruity new OS update and its 500-odd new features. Forget the Nokia Windows Phone – this is where WinPho's fightback will begin if it begins at all.

And on the evidence of the hardware side of things anyway, there's every chance it could be game on. Compared to the Omnia 7 it replaces, Samsung has downsized the screen from 4in to 3.7in – an interesting decision – but it's kept the Super AMOLED billing, to keep faith with arguably the Omnia 7's best feature.

Overall that means a shaving of a few millimetres off the overall dimensions and some 23g off the overall weight, which is no surprise, and the smaller screen size will arguably deliver slightly sharper images given that the resolution is the same as the Omnia 7's at 480 x 800.

Beyond that, the most significant spec change is the 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor stepping in for the old 1GHz Scorpion chip. Potential connectivity speed is doubled to 14.4Gbps, while there's a forward-facing camera too thanks to Windows Phone Mango now supporting video chat goodness.

And that's really the point here. As with the first round of Windows Phone 7 devices, it's the OS itself that's front and centre here, with the hardware there more to drive the Mango message that to fly its own flag.

Time will tell if that's enough – we're set to start finding out next month when the Omnia W goes on sale in Italy, to be closely followed by the rest of the world.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 18:15

Zzzzzzz zz zzzzzz

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 18:34

:O jan im shocked... this actually looks good :p

still better than your nokia :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 19:20

"Good", is subjective. Good, compared to what?

High end Android's? No. Good compared to the extremely probable specs of the upcoming iPhone 5? No. Good compared to the first gen. WP7 devices? Not exactly a massive upgrade, a 40% upgrade in processor speed, wow.

I agree with Jan, zzzzzzz.

WP7 is still looks horrid, as well.

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 19:39

now now matt. the phone specs are always standard on WP7.5 as thats how microsoft guarantees that all phones can utilise all the applications on their market ;) my hero for example chuggs along with say angry birds compared to your galaxy s2 :p

still recon this phone looks good.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 19:52

*How Microsoft guarantees no WP7 phones will sell well, or take any market share from iOS or 'Droid. ;)

This is me being scathing of Samsung btw, all WP7 devices, including Samsung's are under-par compared to the iOS and Android competition, that's without mentioning that WP7 is barely even a smartphone OS, it has so few features. Though that has been improved, to a degree, by, "Mango". I mean how sh*t was WP7 for Mango to have 500 new features :/.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 19:53

Bada (my secret love, not helping my "I don't <3 Sammy, case :p), outsells WP7, fact.

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 20:03

now now matty boi ;) im sure mango has alot of good points just because you dont like it :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 20:13

It's smooth, but not as smooth as iOS,(or an SGS2 but that's the only smooth Android phone, as of yet), it's closed and controlled (therefore secure), but not as secure as iOS. It's got an App store, but not as good as iOS or Android. It has a unique UI, but not as Unique as a personalized Android phone (which is 1 in a million, since you personally designed it) or as user friendly and distinctive as iOS.

I really don't get why people like it....oh no, barely anyone does, that's why barely any WP7 phones, actually sell.

Bada puts it into perspective, I don't know one person with a Bada phone.

I'd rather have a feature phone thanks, save some cash.

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 20:19

dont get me wrong im a total android fanboy but i hope they take that phone over to the android side. i think it looks real smart and clean.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 20:25

Oh yeah, I agree, the hardware looks nice and it'll be a quality product, but that god awful OS needs to just crawl back under the rock from whence it came.

I'm sure it'll get Android ported to it, with some degree of functionality. IMHO though, it's no nicer than an original SGS. As a final nail in it's coffin, stick Android on it and suddenly, that processor is looking pretty 2010...

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 21:06

that processor isnt 2010 lol. its defo 2011 ;) we were getting to a 1ghz processor in 2010...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 21:14

Meh, with some careful OCing, 1.4ghz was easily achievable in 2010. Stock speeds mean very little to me, manufacturers are way to conservative when it come to processor speed, IMHO.

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 21:22

you mean they underclock to increase processor life, battery life, reduce heat etc ;)

blizzard7  Sep. 26, 2011 at 21:41

I swear it's getting harder to tell which posts are Jan and which posts are Matt's. Doesn't help that you two have the same avatar. I think the hardware is solid and I'm sure this new 1.4 GHz processor is more efficient than an OC'd processor, so with just a 3.7" screen, 1500mAh should give a decent battery life. But here we go again, bloody 8 GBs built in! Seriously guys, come on.

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 21:58

have you noticed jan and matt are never on at the same time...

perhaps its like superman and clark kent ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 22:13

I was going to change my Avatar, but I couldn't find one I liked more than the one I have at the moment :p. Blizzard, I agree, the hardware is "solid", but nothing more, just average, nothing to make me go "ooh, that's new and different". I have no doubt these will be more efficient than, for example, a 1ghz processor OC'd.,my point was just the "unspectacularness" (think I've invented a new word there :p), of the WP7.5 range.

Oh and Treab, I'm Super"matt" ;), Jan's my boring alter ego hehe :p!

blizzard7  Sep. 26, 2011 at 23:16

It's no less unspectacular than a Desire S which is what this'll be going against.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 23:24

Which equally, didn't excite me :(. WP7 needs a flagship, an absolute beast to compete with the Sensation XE and the SGS2, IMO...

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 23:39

or the possible sensation xl (which is the renamed runnymede or renamed bass lol)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2011 at 23:50

Runnymede to Bass to Sensation XL, it's impressive even by HTC's standards isn't it ;)?

Treab  Sep. 26, 2011 at 23:58

personally i would of loved to have seen HTC release the 'Runnymede' it sounds soo bad it would of been hilarious...

heya treab nice new phone thanks mate its a runnymede... silence LOUD LAUGHTER ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 27, 2011 at 00:02

I reckon it'll come out as the Sensation it pretty much is a bigger sensation...though the desire HD wasn't in anyway HD, which always confused me. I mean, the original could record in 720p same as the HD and both had 480p mysteries... ;)

Treab  Sep. 27, 2011 at 00:06

you seen (well heard about) the galaxy s2 HD 720p screen on a 4.65" screen... thats mad tbh lol

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 27, 2011 at 00:11

Unfortunately it's an LTE device, so we'll never see it here in the UK :'(

Treab  Sep. 27, 2011 at 00:26

optimism matty boy optimism... you never know we may see a variation of the device in the uk :p


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