Verizon has already cut the price of its version of the Samsung Omnia, even though it just launched this touchscreen-oriented Windows Mobile smartphone last week.
The Omnia debuted on this carrier’s website on Nov. 26 for $250 after a $70 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Just a few days later, it is now selling for $200 under those same conditions.
No reason for this change was given, but as the Omnia is often compared to the iPhone, Verizon decided that this model should sell for the same price as Apple’s smartphone.
This Samsung device will hit Verizon Stores on Dec. 8.
An Overview of the Samsung Omnia
The Omnia has a design that focuses on its 3.2-inch, 240-by-400 pixel touchscreen. As mentioned earlier, it’s one of several smartphones that strongly invites comparison to the iPhone 3G.
It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, but Samsung has added its TouchWiz user interface, which has been designed to make some of the features of the device easier to use with a fingertip.
This model depends on its on-screen keyboard, and haptic feedback on the touchscreen provides subtle vibrations to confirm selections. It also includes an optical mouse.
This device’s 5-megapixel camera includes a flash, face detection, panorama, split shot, and anti-shake capabilities.
It also has a microSD card slot and a GPS receiver.
Verizon’s version of the Omnia supports this carrier’s EV-DO network. It will also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth,
The 1440 mAh battery will, according to Verizon, provide 346 minutes of talk time or 464 hours of stand-by time.
The Samsung Omnia comes with the Opera 9.5 web browser, as well as the standard Windows Mobile suite of productivity and entertainment software.
Overall, it is 4.4 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick. It weighs 4.3 ounces with battery.