Samsung OMNIAHD: Touch Smartphone with 3.7″ AMOLED

Samsung OMNIAHD Specifications

Display: 3.7″ Touch AMOLED
Pixel Format: 800 x 480 640 x 360 (landscape)
Video: 720p at 24fps capture
Video Playback: DivX, XviD, H.263, WMV, MPEG4, RV
Camera: 8MP, Autofocus
Connectivity: WiFi, GPS, HSDPA, Bluetooth
Sensors: Proximity, Ambient Light, Compass, Accelerometer
Storage: micro SDHC (up to 32GB)
OS: Symbian S60 v5
Battery: 1500mAh
Dimensions: 12.9mm thick 

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Samsung’s OMNIAHD seems to be an awesome smartphone with the best-in-class technical capabilities. First off is the brilliant 3.7″ AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED) display. Since the original OMNIA featured a 3.3″ TFT LCD with a 480 x 800 pixel format, I’m guessing the enhanced OMNIAHD will feature at least 480 x 800 pixels on the larger 3.7″ AMOLED display. Update: I was wrong. The 3.7″ AMOLED has a much lower 640 x 360 (landscape) pixel format. Oh well. The touch, a TouchWiz implementation, is capacitive and from an Engadget video the system seems to be responding quite well.

Samsung claims the OMNIAHD is the first smartphone to record 720p HD video. Interal playback of HD content will be at QHD or quarter HD that means 640 x 360 at at full 720p HD externally. An initial review by Engadget on a pre-production unit regarding HD recording was sluggish in performance “both in the on-screen preview and in the finished product”.

The OMNIAHD also features a 8MP digital camera. The built-in digital camera is not one of the tiny little ones found on the iPhone but in typical Samsung fashion a relatively large installation on the back. I hope the picture quality turns out to be really good. Speaking of the iPhone, I have received feedback from my friends in Korea who think it is a bit large. I wonder what they would think about an even larger OMNIAHD.

With Samsung’s OMNIAHD we can see a glimpse of the future where we REALLY just carry one digital device to do pretty much everything–from voice communications, GPS navigation, digital photography to HD video recording. I look forward to a production version of the OMNIAHD.

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