Samsung Omnia Gets Its FCC Approval

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Before any wireless device can be released in the United States, the FCC has to sign off on it. The Samsung Omnia i900 has just passed this hurdle.

The FCC filing is extremely short on details about this device, which is a bit odd as this device has been available in Europe since mid-summer, and many grey marketeers are offering it in the U.S.

Still, the version that has just been approved has something the current one doesn’t: support for the 3G frequencies used by AT&T (850/1900 MHz) and other N. American carriers. It also has Wi-Fi.

Samsung Omnia i900

One of the many details not included in the FCC filing is any mention of a wireless carrier, leaving the question open whether the Omnia i900 will be released by AT&T or one of its N. American competitors.

More about the Samsung Omnia i900

This smartphone is based on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, but Samsung has added its new TouchWiz user interface, which has been designed to make the device easier to use with a fingertip.

It has a tablet shape with a 3.2-inch WQVGA (240 by 400 pixel) touchscreen. Below this is a tiny touchpad, similar to what’s on a laptop.

The Omnia has 5-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, a TV-out port, a GPS receiver, an FM radio, and a 1440 mAh battery.

The name Omnia means “everything” in Latin and “wish” in Arabic.

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