Samsung's Omnia touchphone goes HD
Shoot movies at 720p
Samsung has updated its Omnia mobile phone to create what it has claimed is the world’s first handset capable of HD video capture.
Samsung's Omnia HD: captures 720p video
The unimaginatively named Omnia HD is, admittedly, at the lower end of HD – 720p, to be specific. But users can nonetheless shoot 24f/s HD video and then watch it on an HDTV using DLNA network streaming technology or the Omnia HD's TV-out cable.
The phone’s 360 x 640, 3.7in touch-sensitive screen also allows access to the phone’s 8Mp camera, which is equipped with face and smile detection - in addition to an anti-blink mode that should keep your photos free of mates with closed peepers.
The Omnia HD's HSDPA runs at up to 7.2Mb/s, with HSUPA also able to reach a reasonable 5.6Mb/s. Add to that Wi-Fi, quad-band GSM and Edge support, and you’ve got a phone that should enable to you surf and talk with ease from almost anywhere in the world.
Although the Omnia HD sports a slightly redesigned physical shape – such as a more curvaceous bottom end - it’s sad to report that elsewhere the Omnia HD hasn’t changed much.
Sexier than the original, more square Omnia?
The HD model’s 8GB or 16GB internal memory can be boosted with the addition of Micro SD memory cards of up to 32GB capacity.
Bluetooth 2.0 and a USB port provide alternative ways of sending your chums those drunken HD videos snapped in the pub.
The Samsung Omnia HD measures 123 x 58 x 13mm, but a launch date or price haven’t been captured yet. ®
Samsung Omnia 16GB
HD video via Bluetooth? Maybe if you've got nothing better to do with the rest of the week.
Will it have a built in stylus or will we be stuck with the mascara again?
Paris loved the mascara stylus
What is the point of putting HD video recording (or 12MP cameras) in a device with a lense the size of a pinhead? Or does it take EOS lenses? It's bad enough we have all these 5MP and 7MP images out there that are just as bland, flat and lacking in detail as their 3MP cousins because you can't get enough light into the lense. It's got to be midday on a bright sunny day or you have to carry a halogen lamp wherever you go or bring your tripod. Even hendheld point-and-shoot digital cameras are pushing it at 12MP with a tiny little lense. Mine turns the flash on AND tells me to hold it steady. It's technology for technology sake.
Not necessarily. Windows Mobile can be effectively hidden, especially for promo shots like this one. Even in reality you can bypass using the Windows UI for most things. I somehow doubt they've gone for a different OS here. Shame, but there you go.
AllAboutSymbian reckon it's a Symbian machine. Which is, as you say, a pretty major change. Did El Reg just forget that it's got a completely different operating system on it?