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Samsung unveils WP7 Omnia W

The Omnia W is the first Samsung smartphone to use Window's Phone 7 Mango, this allows it to take advantage of NFC functionality previously unavailable on the first iteration of Windows Phone 7

Samsung unveils WP7 Omnia W
Omnia W will be NFC ready

Samsung has a new smartphone in its stable, the Omnia W, and it is the first Samsung handheldto make use of Windows Phone 7's Mango OS (called WP7.5 in some circles).

The phone has a Qualcomm MSM8255T 1.4GHz Krait-core processor which is a single core processor, along with 512MB of internal memory. The screen measures 3.7-inches and sports a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The Omnia W also has a micro-SD slot for memory expansion, and a 5MP camera.

The smartphone features near field communication (NFC) support, as Mango is NFC compliant. The Omnia W will be Samsung's first WP7 handset to possess the necessary hardware to exploit the feature. NFC can allow the phone to be swiped like a credit card to make payments on compatible readers.

Samsung is currently paying licensing fees to Microsoft for both Android and Windows Phone 7 handsets. The advantage for Samsung in adopting WP7 is that Apple has no interest in suing Microsoft, and Samsung won't have to worry about being banned in certain areas which have been favourable to Apple's lawsuits. It does however boil down to the adoption of WP7 by customers. The response thus far has been tepid at best but Microsoft is hoping Mango will help turn that around.

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