Samsung Electronics New Zealand announces the launch of the Samsung Omnia W, its first Smartphone based on the latest release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone, code-named Mango.
Stefan Lecchi, Head of Samsung’s Mobile Telecommunications business in New Zealand, says, “We’re 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, fast. They’re 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 and we’re looking forward to introducing it to the New Zealand market next month.”
A rich 3.7” SuperAMOLED display is supported by a 1.4GHz processor to deliver seamless performance, allowing 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 shared with friends and family hassle-free. Standard memory is 512MB (RAM) plus 8 GB internal memory for data storage.
Windows Phone has been developed to provide an easy, intelligent and socially connected smartphone experience. Users can easily connect and share experiences with their friends using a variety of communication mediums, while the excellent web browsing experience is further enhanced with integrated Internet Explorer9 and Bing.
Mango’s unique and intuitive user interface lays out applications in mosaic ‘Live Tiles’ which flow and move on the screen in response to the user's touch. The interface provides the benefits of a user environment usually associated with a larger display within the portability of a smartphone screen, delivering a flexible and intuitive experience.
The six specialised Microsoft applications provide an engaging content and communication experience. The Windows Phone People Hub is integrated with social networking services Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, ensuring that users always stay in touch with their social community.
Office Hub provides enhanced productivity on-the-go and includes access to Windows Live Sky Drive, which provides 25GB of free storage and allows documents and media files to be easily stored and accessed anywhere. Users can also create and edit documents through mobile versions of Microsoft Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint, as well as use One Note, a note-taking platform allowing the easy sharing and storage of voice memos, images and text-based notes.
Seamless access to entertainment is afforded by the integration of a Pictures Hub, Music & Videos Hub – powered by Microsoft Zune – and Game Hub, which provides the latest in social gaming experiences through Xbox Live, meaning that friends can chat with each other while gaming. Windows Phone Marketplace provides access to more than 30,000 apps for entertainment or productivity needs.
The Omnia W will be available exclusively from Vodafone from late November 2011. The device will support HSPA 14.4/5.76Mbps 900/2100 MHz and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz.