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A burning question of late has been when, oh when, will the Samsung Omnia II finally hit Verizon. We'd heard of a November launch, but Engadget (and their snazzy redesigned site) got the goods. It'll launch Dec. 2 for $199.99 after contract and rebate. There also is no doubt now that it'll have Windows Mobile 6.5 on board out of the box, along with the 3.7-inch WGVA AMOLED screen (squee!), 8GB on storage plus a MicroSD slot, a 5MP camera, and all the other bells and whistles.

And speaking of the Omnia II, BLeavellB is shouting from the rooftops on Twitter that a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for phones already out there is ripe for the picking. To snag it, you'll need your Omnia II and Sammy's New PC Studio software. Plug in your phone, run the app and away you go. (That also means that we can't test it for you, 'cause we left our Omnia II in our other pants. So sound off in the comments if you're having trouble.) Thanks, John!

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We're generally not the types who cry that the sky is falling. But there are a few disturbing reports swirling today regarding Samsung. The first comes from Electonista, which states that Sammy will significantly reduce its use of Windows Mobile.

HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh understands that the Korean company's use of Windows Mobile will crash from 80 percent this year to just 50 percent in 2010 and will lower further still in future years. Just 20 percent of Samsung's phones should use the platform by 2012.

That's a huge drop. Word on the street (er, and in just about every blog today) is that Android will pick up a good amount of the slack.

Now add to that Samsung's announcement of its own open development platform, called Bada. (A name that's just ripe for mocking, we know.)

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung bada [bada] in December. This new addition to Samsung’s mobile ecosystem enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience.

Plenty more on that at bada.com.

Now add to that Samsung's current inability to launch the Omnia II line in the United States (for whatever reason) and its half-baked job on the Intrepid, and we have the makings of a full-on exodus, it seems.

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Yeah, you read that right. Not the iPhone. Not the Pre. Not a BlackBerry. Not that newfangled Droid. A Windows Mobile phone is the official phone of the 2010 Winter Olympics. And not just any phone, the Samsung Omnia II with its AMOLED screen and 800MHz processor, Windows Mobile 6.5 and all the trimmings. Not bad, eh? [Press release via Unwired View]

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That's right, you can look, but you still can't touch. What you see here reportedly is "a final build" of the Samsung Omnia II's software, along with its TouchWiz interface. And for the most part it looks like what Dieter got his hands on earlier this month. And still no word on when the Omnia II might finally be available.

ai.rs via Engadget

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Review: Samsung WEP870

With all of the choices that technology gives us, sometimes the differences between one device and another get blurred. This statement is especially true with the proliferation of Bluetooth headsets. Most headsets follow a similar shape and offer similar features, so it can be difficult to discern the pros and cons of a particular product.

The flip side of this argument is that when a manufacturer releases a headset that breaks the mold and brings a new form factor and/or groundbreaking features, it comes as a breath of fresh air to those of us who follow the market closely. I would like to welcome to the world: Samsung’s WEP870. What is it about this headset that sets it apart from a world full of pretenders and lookalikes? Hit the jump to find out.

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Review: Sprint Samsung Intrepid (sph-i350)

Sprint’s first official Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone is the Samsung Intrepid, a front-qwerty CDMA/GSM world phone with WiFi. It was released on Oct. 11 and fetches for $149 with a 2-year contract. (See our earlier hands-on).

We’ve played with the device for the last 10 days and have reached our conclusion: it ain’t terrible, but it’s not the best. Samsung basically nailed some aspects but goofed on others and the device feels quite underwhelming.

On the other hand, for the price, perhaps that’s the point.

After the break, read our full review with lots of pics and even a video mini-review for those tight on time.

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Here's a rumor that comes from a Phone Area tipster who has a reliable source, so, um, that makes it, like, fourth-hand twice removed or something. Anyway, the reported rumor is that the Samsung Omnia II will be released on Verizon on Nov. 1.

Will that be the case? Will the mid-October launch we heard about still happen? Will any "delay" mean it'll launch with Windows Mobile 6.5 instead of Windows Mobile 6.1? (Seriously, Verizon, let's get that done.)

News at 11.

Update: No sooner then we posted this did we get an e-mail of our own saying that the mid-October date is blown out of the water and a VP said to look for it sometime in January. (Thanks, R!)

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Let it never be said (at least today, anyway) that we forget about our Canadian brethren. The Boy Genius Report has it that the Samsung Omnia II (see our hands-on) will be available on the Bell network for $349.95 on the standard 3-year deal or $549.95 outright. This coincides with Bell launching its HSDPA network, so you'll have fast data speeds to go along with the Omnia II's fast processor. Huzzah.

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Review: Samsung SBH600 Bluetooth Headphones

Ok, I admit it. I have a problem. I am addicted to Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. I just can’t help it. I love music; and being a gadget junkie, anything wireless is just that much better. I’ve already found my favorite all around solution. Motorola’s S305 headphones are lightweight and perfect for use in a wide variety of situations. The one knock against the S305’s though, was the fact that they don’t put out sound that you would expect from a pair of premium headphones. This brings us to my new quest. Find the perfect pair of high-end, audiophile quality Bluetooth Headphones. First on the pedestal are the SBH600’s from Samsung.

Obviously, Samsung is one of the big names in Electronics. Their fingers are in every market from computers to TVs to some of the most popular Windows Mobile devices ever (BlackJack, BlackJack II, Omnia, Jack, Omnia II, etc.). Bluetooth is another one of those areas that they are intimately familiar with. My criteria for this review are going to be based primarily on comfort, sound quality, ease of use and additional premium features. Hit the jump for the full review.

 

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Turns out the Verizon version of the much anticipated Omnia II was also at CTIA recently (see Dieter's hands-on video of the GSM version) and some shots of it have turned up.

Nothing too revealing although the camera has dropped from 8MP to a reported 5MP, matching the Imagio, making the differences between them even fewer. WM6.1 is still there, too.

Probably the most interesting aspect is reported by InfoSyncWorld, which mentions seeing the "Samsung Widget store" on board. Evidently Samsung has opened development of the Widgets to outside developers (smart idea) and users will be able to easily grab these through Samsung's own distribution system.

Now can they just release it already? Seems done to us.

More pics after the jump from LisaG in the MobileTechReview forums.

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The White Whale! The White Whale! After an early false start, followed by an early outing by the Bluetooth SIG, the Armani-Samsung Windows phone has arrived.

As it happens when you get a designer phone, you get a designer price. A little more thatn $1,000 gets you a sliding QWERTY Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone with a 3.5-inch tilting AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB on board, GPS, MicroSD, you know, all the usuals.

And Microsoft's making this launch into a Big Deal, with none other than CEO Steve Ballmer on hand. Peep the videos after the break.

Reuters via Engadget Mobile

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Oh, hello Samsung Omnia 2, how are you? We're really digging the AMOLED screen (at least we are on the indoor-show floor), which is plenty responsive. The 800x480 is quite nice too, but the rich and deep colors are the real show here. You can take a look at Sammy's cube interface in the quick vid above, but it's more flash than substance.

8 gigs of storage, 256 megs of RAM, an 800MHz processor, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and yes, that 8 megapixel camera round out the specs on this device. This is the version with Windows Mobile 6.5, which is to say it's the GSM version, which is to say that the Verizon version is currently running WinMo 6.1. ...Which is to say that all things considered, it's best to avoid thinking about the that particular stumble by taking a gander at the handful of photos after the break.

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Looking at the Samsung Omnia II, it's easy to forget that in fact it's a Windows phone (though remember we're expecting it to launch soon with Windows Mobile 6.1). It's been so heavily skinned that when you're getting lost in the 3.7-inch AMOLED display pushed by the 800MHz processor, well, we can only imagine. (In fact, we just heard Microsoft's Loke Uei gushing about the Omnia II at the WinMoDevCamp in San Francisco.) But the folks at Engadget Spain can do more than just imagine how great it is, having gotten a hands-on with the phone.

Siga leyendo para más!

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Okay folks we have some info that regarding the much anticipated Samsung Omnia II on Verizon, which has been evidently arriving for what seems like months now. (June, anyone?)

We're hearing from our source:

  • Verizon is waiting for Samsung to officially launch it first.
  • Verizon is looking to launch sometime in mid-October.
  • It will launch on Verizon with Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 will be in a ROM update, but not for a while.
  • The Omnia II is launching elsewhere with Windows Mobile 6.5.

Of course Verizon is also launching the HTC Imagio aka 'Whitestone' on Oct. 6, which we hear is still on track. That device is launching with Windows Mobile 6.5, giving a slight advantage over the Omnia II, at least initially.

Then again, the Omnia II has that swank custom UI, which is just a tad more impressive than Windows Mobile 6.5, so it's probably a wash. See it in action here.

Now knowing this Verizon-ers, which device are you holding out for? Hit the poll, and leave your reasons in the comments.

Which upcoming Verizon phone most tickles your fancy?(polling)
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Lookie here, folks, it's the SCH-I920! Oh, not into Verizon's name game? OK, it's the Samsung Omnia II we've been expecting, and it's on Sammy's support site. Note that the cubic butotn on the bottom has given way to what we'll call a shield design (our second choice was the gaping maw).

Also listed is what's in the box. Nothing surprising here, but we love bullet points. And so ...

  • 1500mAh battery.
  • Stylus.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack adapter that doubles as an FM radio antenna.
  • User manual CD.
  • "Companion" CD.
  • VZAM CD.
  • Quick-start guide.
  • Reference Guide.
  • Health and Safety Warranty brochure.
  • RF brochure.

You know, the usual stuff. Anyhoo, still no word on pricing or availability, but we have to believe it's sooner rather than later at this point.

Via Engadget Mobile

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We're not quite sure just how based in reality this is, but what you see in the promo video above is the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610, though different than what we've previously seen.

Strange things can happen in promo videos. Occasionally they let loose a juicy morsel that ends up being an unreleased device. Other times they're just made-up images. Our guess here? An Omnia Pro in a slightly different shell.

Samsung Hub via Unwiredview

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