Samsung has officially announced the Omnia W, its first ever handset powered by the latest Mango iteration of the Windows Phone operating system.
The successor to the Omnia 7, which launched last year as one of the debut handsets running Microsoft’s reimagined OS, will again be at the forefront of the imminent rollout of Mango, aka Windows Phone 7.5.
Unlike the Omnia 7, though, it’ll house a slightly smaller 3.7-inch Super AMOLED panel. However, it makes up for that with a powerful 1.4GHz processor and integrated 14.4Mbps HSPA connectivity for even faster browsing speeds.
The camera resolution remains the same at five megapixels and there’s now a front-facing VGA too for making video calls. There’s also 8GB of internal memory on board.
W, which stands for ‘Wonder’, is Sammy’s recently introduced moniker for handsets that are geared more towards style-conscious smartfans with slicker design aesthetics, much like the Omnia 7, which we gave a glowing review way back when.
JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications business, said: “We are excited about the potential for Windows Phone and the possibilities it opens for Samsung customers. Mobile consumers increasingly expect to be socially networked through their phones anytime, anywhere, and instantly.
“They are looking for high-performance devices that are easy and intuitive to use, look great, and enable them to create and share rich multimedia content with ease. The Samsung Omnia W delivers on every count.”
Windows Phone Mango is said to bring more than 500 new features to the platform, including a new Internet Explorer browser, deeper social networking integration, an enhanced multitasking interface and update People and Office hubs.
Microsoft has already announced that Mango will be available to all existing Windows Phone handsets via over the air updates in the next couple of weeks.
Samsung confirmed that the Omnia W will be available in Europe from the end of the October.