Specifications of Upcoming HTC Omni Leaked

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The Italian-language web site SoloPalmari claims to have acquired specifications of the HTC Omni, the rumored successor to the ultra-high-end HTC Universal Pocket PC phone.

Supposedly, this device will be very similar to its predecessor, with a twist-and-flip clamshell design and large 62-key keyboard.

According to the report, which cites an anonymous but "sufficiently founded" source, the Omni will feature a 400 MHz Samsung processor, 128 MB of RAM, and 256 MB of flash memory.

Curiously, the main display as reputed to be 800 pixels wide by 480 high. Current Windows Mobile devices only support screens up to 640 x 480. While it is possible that the Omni will have a "widescreen" display, either by way of HTC’s own software solution or support by Microsoft in the upcoming next release of Windows Mobile, it’s at least equally likely that this is a mistake or miscommunication.

In addition, the Omni will have a second, external LCD display of unknown resolution. Presumably, this will function like the external LCD on an ordinary clamshell mobile phone, and provide caller ID and other details as needed.

Wireless Networking

Connectivity will reportedly be provided by 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a cellular radio supporting GSM, EDGE, UMTS, and HSDPA.

Not specified is whether the radio is quad-band, suitable for use in North America. The HTC Universal was only tri-band, omitting the 850 MHz frequency critical to many North American GSM networks. However, the inclusion of EDGE and HSDPA — technologies currently more popular in the US than in Europe — may hint at the Omni being a true worldwide device.

While obviously no hard evidence is currently available, many of these specifications seem reasonable for the high-end market segment that HTC has previously targeted with the Universal. As with any unconfirmed rumor, however, nothing is reliable until it is proven.

Read the original Italian article at SoloPalmari, or a Google translation into English.

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