Samsung announces SGH-i900 Omnia touchscreen phone

Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia

On the day that Apple will likely unveil its second generation iPhone, Samsung announced the i900 Omnia, its latest touchscreen mobile phone.

The Samsung i900 Omnia is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and a custom user interface called TouchWiz. It also comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 7.2Mbps HSDPA (bands not specified) connectivity, a 3.2-inch wide QVGA (240×400) touchscreen display with an accelerometer to control screen orientation, a tiny trackpad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM radio with RDS, a 5MP camera, and a microSD expansion slot. It will be available in two versions: One with 8GB of internal flash storage and another with 16GB of storage.

Samsung plans to launch the i900 Omnia this month in South-East Asia with Europe to follow in July. It will be on display at the upcoming CommunicAsia trade fair in Singapore later this month. There is no word on plans for North America at this time.

As much as Samsung appears to be trying to go after the Apple iPhone, the Samsung i900 Omnia is also going to be a competitor to the HTC Touch Diamond with which it shares many similarities.