The FCC has signed off on the version of the Samsung Omnia II for GSM networks, following up on its recent approval of the version that Verizon Wireless has promised to release.
The version that was approved (the i8000) offers the frequencies used AT&T, so it’s possible this carrier intends to offer the Omnia II. However, AT&T passed on the original model, and Samsung may be planning to offer this device directly to the public, or through online retailers.
So far, the only wireless carrier that has committed to the Omnia II is Verizon, who currently offers the original version.
An Overview of the Samsung Omnia II
This smartphone will sport a large, high-resolution AM-OLED display and a number of other advanced features. It will have a tablet shape, with its 3.7-inch, WVGA (800 by 480) touchscreen as its focus.
The Omnia II will ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional running on an 800 MHz processor, and an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro will be released later. On top of this will be the second version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which has been developed to make smartphones easy to control with a fingertip.
In addition, it will have a 5 MPx camera, Opera Mobile 9.5, 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 1500 mAh battery, and more.
The GSM version that was just approved by the FCC is a quad-band GSM phone with HSPA 850/1900, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
Verizon’s, on the other hand, will be a CDMA phone with EV-DO Rev. A.
There’s no word yet on when either the GSM or CDMA version of the Samsung Omnia II will debut.
UPDATE: Previously, this article stated that the CDMA version (the SGH-i920) has not yet been approved by the FCC, but this government agency actually approved it a few weeks ago.