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Omnia first phone to integrate Windows Mobile, haptics

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In a bid to steal some of the anticipated 3G iPhone's glory - Apple's expected to announce it today - Samsung has launched Ominia, its Windows Mobile 6.1-based touchscreen handset.

Samsing i900 Omnia

Samsung's Omnia: 3G iPhone rival

Based around a 3.2in, 240 x 400 display, the Omnia also packs in GPS, and FM radio, A2DP wireless stereo, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB on-board storage. Users can up that capacity with Micro SDHC cards.

The handset uses increasingly popular haptic feedback technology to help users interract with the flat touchscreen more efficiently, Samsung said.

Samsing i900 OmniaSamsing i900 Omnia

Full-feature 5Mp camera on the back

On the back is a five-megapixel camera with image stabilisation, autofocus, and photography flavours of the month face and smile detection.

Omnia - aka the SGH-i900 - has quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge connectivity plus 3G HSDPA for data downloads of up to 7.2Mb/s.

Samsung first demo'd the Omnia at a European trade fair back in April.

Samsung i900 Omnia

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The handset was launched this morning in Korea. As yet, there's no word on exactly when Samsung will bring its little beauty to the West.

The company did say that Omnia will ship initially in South-East Asia during Q3, with a global roll-out to follow.

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