I know I said yesterday that it would be hard to get excited over a WinMo 6.5 powered follow up to the Omnia, but Samsung today dropped a bombshell on us. No, not a WinPho 7 Omnia, two new WinMo 6.5 phones: the Omnia Pro 4 and 5!
Using mathemagics, scientists have proven that news of two half-interesting phones actually equals the news of one interesting phone.
But I can’t say that I’m moved by Samsung’s announcement.
I know there are a lot of corporate IT guys out there that need WinMo 6.5, and who are also entitled to a hardware bump every so often. I know that there will be a market for WinMo 6.5 for a little while yet, as WinPho 7 won’t be able to run the old WinMo apps that some businesses may rely on. And I also know that these phones are targeted at developing markets.
But I’m still gonna call them boring.
Actually, to all those WinMo 6.5 fans out there: if you disagree with me, tell me why in the comments. I’ve never owned a WinMo phone, and I want to know the virtues of this previous-gen OS. Why are you compelled to continue using it? Persuade me.
Anyway, back to the news:
Prices haven’t yet been announced, but the press release tells me “The Samsung Omnia Pro 4 will be available from July in European Countries, CIS and South Eastern Asia and Omnia Pro 5 will be available from August in SEA, MEA regions, India and Latin America.”
Today, I learned about the Commonwealth of Independent States and that “MEA” stands for “Middle East and Asia”.
(oh, and for the record, the Omnia Pro 4 is on the left in the photo above, and the Omnia Pro 5 on the right)
Press release here:
Samsung unveils smart, social business companions with new Omnia Line-up
Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5 bring integrated social experiences to uncompromising young professionals
Singapore – June 15, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today unveiled the Omnia Pro 4 (B7350) and Omnia Pro 5 (B6520), operated on Windows Mobile 6.5. The devices, on display at CommunicAsia Singapore, are powerful business tools that bring an integrated social experience to busy work schedule.
The Omnia Pro 4, with an interactive touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard, deliver maximum efficiency – ideal for responding to an early morning email or browsing the Web for research. An immersive and responsive touch screen allows users to intuitively browse through photos, music files, and video clips.
The Omnia Pro 5 keeps its style and compactness with the colored QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone that’s both sleek and professional will allow users to achieve maximum productivity away from the office.
“We are continuing to build on the success of the Omnia smartphone with an updated product lineup that caters to the unique needs of young professionals and executives,” said JK Shin, President and head of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5 deliver a smart, stylish mobile companion that combine productivity and multimedia functionality.”
Your Mobile Business Partner
Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 will enable office-like productivity on your Samsung Omnia. You can access and edit files right on your smart phone and type efficiently with the ergonomically-designed QWERTY keypad. Office Communicator Mobile allows you to use the same phone number for your mobile and office, so you only have to put one piece of contact info on your business card.
You can join a Cisco WebEx online meeting on the Omnia Pro 4 and collaborate with colleagues around the world. WebEx meetings are supported on the Omnia Pro 4 with simultaneous audio and web conferencing allowing users to view shared presentations, see who joined the meeting, and see who’s speaking and even chat with them.
The Omnia Pro 4 and 5 are also certified by Sybase Afaria, which allows secure access to enterprise applications, creating a seamless business experience regardless of where you are.
With Samsung’s Omnia Pro 4 and 5, users can access the info needed while at a conference, and stay connected to the personal networks while on-the-go. Built-in social networking applications and multiple instant messaging platforms enables users to instantly connect and share content – whether it’s a business presentation or a Facebook update. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity are also supported for seamless communications.
After Hours Entertainment
With a 3.5mm audio ear jack that accommodates standard earphones and “Sound Alive” technology, the Omnia Pro 4 and the Omnia Pro 5 will enhance music listening experience by superior effects and brilliant sound quality. For snapping the best moment, the Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5 support advanced features like “Face Detection” and “Smile Shot” that automatically adjust settings. The smart, social Omnia phones are also ideal for simply watching video and sharing it with friends.
The Samsung Omnia Pro 4 will be available from July in European Countries, CIS and South Eastern Asia and Omnia Pro 5 will be available from August in SEA, MEA regions, India and Latin America.