Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Samsung intros mid-range Windows Phone Mango device - Omnia W I8350

Samsung has launched its answer to the HTC Radar, with a low-cost Windows Phone 7.5 Mango phone of its own - the Omnia W I8350. Scheduled to launch in Europe by the end of October (globally November), the Omnia W bears a €310 price tag, excluding taxes and subsidies, and has been spotted listed at €450 unlocked. With the W, the device belongs in the high-tier Wonder segment of Samsung's new naming scheme, below the 'R' Royal/Refined and 'S' Super-Smart devices.

The Samsung Omnia W bears a 3.7-inch (800x480 pixel) S-AMOLED display, and features a 1.4GHz single-core Scorpion processor (a fair bit faster than the Radar's 1GHz offering) with 512MB of RAM on the Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, also featuring Adreno 205 graphics. The Omnia W will come with 8GB storage built-in, with no card-slot for expansion. 

Other features include GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, and Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity; a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, capable of 720p HD video recording. The Omnia W measures in at 115.9 x 58.8 x 10.9 mm, and weighs 115.3 gms.

According to recent Microsoft blog post, the Mango update will hit WP7 devices by early October. For more details about what the Mango update will bring to the Windows Phone platform, refer to our previous coverage.


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