I'm not often happy to be wrong, but on this one I'll take the hit. Turns out the Samsung Omnia M announced back in May will be called just that after all (not the Minuet as I suggested) and more importantly goes on sale tomorrow, August 1.
The arrival of Sammy's Windows Phone 7.5 contender is another one under the Phones4U umbrella, and will stay right there for a while yet thanks to a full two-month exclusivity deal.
Nokia may have hogged the Windows Phone headlines for much of 2012 – and not always for the right reasons either – but Microsoft surely knows just how important its other Windows Phone partners are too for building its still-tiny WP market share, especially a player as big as Samsung.
Aside from Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the Omnia M comes with a 4in Super AMOLED display – interesting to see how it rates side by side with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 900, but so far Sammy's displays have easily been the best of the WinPho bunch. That said, we are talking a 480 x 800 resolution, which means it's not in the same league as the iPhone 4S or the latest leading Android devices.
As we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, though, the Omnia M's biggest weakness clearly looks to be its 1GHz single core processor and the 384MB of RAM you get with it. You can talk all you like about platform efficiency, but you're never going to set a new land-speed record on a ride-on lawnmower, no matter how efficient it is. That's not an outright criticism – the Omnia M isn't trying to take on the fastest phones around, after all – but it does seem a mighty small engine for any self-respecting smartphone these days.
Anyhow, you've got a day to mull it over, with Phones4U giving you the option of free-on-contract deals starting at £20.50, or SIM-free independence for a mere £289.95.
That's some £40 more than the pre-order deal we mentioned a couple of weeks back, but it's debatable whether that's enough to justify waiting two months.