Samsung Omnia W

Samsung launches Omnia W in India for 19,900 Rupees, available early November

Samsung held an event today in India launching three new handsets – Wave 3 (running BADA OS), Galaxy Y (running Android) and the much anticipated Samsung Omnia W. Samsung Omnia W is the first Samsung Windows Phone device that has been made available in India. FYI, Focus Flash is the US variant of Omnia W. So this is a mid range Windows Phone mango device priced aptly at 19,900 Rupees, which we believe is a solid price for such specifications.

Samsung Omnia W

Here are the specs of this beauty (via FoneArena) :

 

The Samsung Omnia W is 10.9mm thick and weighs 115.3g and has 3.7 (800 x 480 pixels) inch Super AMOLED display. It has 512MB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory that is expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD and comes with 3.5mm audio Jack and FM Radio with RDS. The connectivity features include, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 2.1, aGPS / Bing Maps, and USB 2.0 and 1500 mAh Li-on battery.

 

Here’s the PR from Samsung Singapore, if you are interested, you can expect the exact same thing from Samsung India PR text – if any:

 

Featuring an elegant design, a vivid SuperAMOLED display as well as an enriched content and social communication experience enabled by People Hub, the Omnia W is a different kind of phone that puts people at the center of everything.

Stunning Performance in Vivid Clarity with SuperAMOLED Display

The Omnia W sports a minimalist contemporary design with a metallic finish. A rich 3.7″ SuperAMOLED display provides stunning visuals, ensuring that photos and videos captured with the 5-megapixel camera can be enjoyed with vivid clarity.

A 1.4GHz processor delivers seamless performance, providing a fast and hassle-free user experience.

This is further enhanced by the device’s integrated 14.4Mbps HSPA connectivity, enabling high-speed data browsing and ensuring that videos and pictures can be instantly shared with friends and family without hassle.

Enhanced Windows Phone Usability

Users can easily connect and share experiences with their loved ones and friends using a variety of communication channels, while the web browsing experience is further enhanced with the integration of Internet Explorer 9 and Bing.

Mango’s unique and intuitive user interface lays out applications in mosaic ‘Live Tiles’ which flow and move in response to users’ touch on the screen.

The interface provides the benefits of a user environment, associated with a larger display within the portability of a smartphone screen, delivering a flexible and intuitive experience.

Six specialized Microsoft applications provide an engaging content and communication experience. Windows Phone People Hub is integrated with built-in social networking services like Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for users to stay connected with their social community constantly.

Seamless access to entertainment is enhanced by the integration of a Picture Hub, Music & Video Hub – powered by Microsoft Zune – and Game Hub, which provides the latest in social gaming experiences through Xbox live, for friends to chat with each other while gaming.

Windows Phone Marketplace provides access to over 30,000 apps to meet customer needs across entertainment or productivity.

 

The device is said to be made available early November. We’ll keep you updated on availability. This is a good start from Samsung. We are also hoping for Focus S variant to hit the Indian market very soon. After some disappointing news early this morning, this seems to be a perfect way to cheer up the Windows phone community in India.

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HTC India still thinks Windows phone is Windows Mobile, Mozart and HD7 discontinued in India

Not the perfect start to this lovely day. We have got a word from Flipkart today stating that HD7 and Mozart have been permanently discontinued. Not only that, we have confirmed from multiple retailers in the city of Bhopal that Mozart and HD7 have indeed been discontinued. Although, we’d like to see similar reports from as many cities as possible and we’ll add relevant information later today, if any.  Please let us know in comments below.

 

I have been browsing a couple of online stores and indeed the above mentioned devices have disappeared from nearly every online store I can think of. What’s worse is that there is no information on this on the official HTC India website. That reminds me of the HTC India website. The website went an overhaul recently and it’s all pretty now. If you browse this particular section of the page and take a look at list of Operating Systems. You won’t find Windows Phone OS but you will find Windows Mobile OS. Selecting WM will show you HTC Mozart and HD7 running Windows Phone OS. How can a company with annual revenue of $9.57 billion who deals with cutting edge technology everyday and invests a lot of money in this particular OS make such a huge mistake. I think this is clearly an indicator of where Windows Phone OS stands in India today – nowhere. It’s non existent. Being a Mozart owner, I am extremely disappointed. Mozart and HD7 are both top class devices and are now running Mango OS as well. If they had marketed it properly, devices would have sold like hot cakes after the massive price reduction. Either HTC doesn’t care enough or Microsoft didn’t push them hard – who’s at fault? Give us your thoughts.