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LG Optimus 7  (Source: Engadget)

Samsung Omnia 7  (Source: Slashgear)
LG's Optimus 7, Samsung's Omnia 7

As we already know, today is going to be a big day for Windows Phone 7. But, ahead of the New York City launch event, we have details on a new WP7 device for both LG and Samsung, courtesy of Engadget and Slashgear, respectively

First up, the LG Optimus 7. The new device was made official a bit ahead of schedule, thanks to LG's UK-based blog. And while much of this is not new information, here are the Optimus' prime features: 

 

  • 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • 16GB of onboard storage
  • 5-megapixel camera 
  • 720p video mode
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi
  • DLNA streaming functionality (officially titled Play-To)
  • Voice-to-Text message transcriber
  • Scansearch, a real-time augmented reality search service

 

Last month, LG hinted that the Optimus line would sport NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processors. But it is unclear whether the Optimus 7 will be one of those devices. When LG unveiled it's entry-level, Froyo-touting Optimus S, no indication of a dual-core processor was present. It would be hard to imagine a dual-core smartphone running only $50. This has cast a shadow on LG's plans for the Optimus line.

The Samsung Omnia 7, on the other hand, sports a slightly larger screen, and half the onboard storage of the Optimus 7. Here are the Omnia's highlights:

 

  • 4" Super AMOLED WVGA touchscreen
  • 122.4 x 64.2 x 10.99 mm dimensions
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor
  • 8GB of onboard storage
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 720p video mode
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 
  • A-GPS
  • USB 2.0
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA (900/1900/2100)
  • FM radio
  • 1500mAh Li-Ion battery

 

No pricing or availability has been announced for either device yet, but the Windows Phone launch event is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. EST, so stay tuned.





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That Samsung
By Moishe on 10/11/2010 9:37:27 AM , Rating: 2
That Samsung looks like a pretty nice phone. I'd like one.




RE: That Samsung
By solarrocker on 10/11/2010 10:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
Same here, LG one looks pretty ok 2. Like phones that just simple and slick.


RE: That Samsung
By solarrocker on 10/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: That Samsung
By dubldwn on 10/11/2010 11:42:19 AM , Rating: 2
What?


RE: That Samsung
By solarrocker on 10/11/2010 4:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
was reply to some posts down, somehow replied to myself, not sure what happened.


RE: That Samsung
By Moishe on 10/11/2010 10:21:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah... for some reason I have the rounded bottom of the LG, but overall, it's not too bad. Different strokes. I do like the round sensor-pod thing on the back. Looks like it'll alien-probe you any second.


RE: That Samsung
By Reinman on 10/11/2010 12:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if that GPS is not a subscription base. If it is i wonder if i can install the Microsoft Street and Maps to use for GPS. Like the fact that i can be able to use the office again. Been waiting too long. I have a lot of my co-worker complaining about their iPhone 4 dropping more calls than the 3GS/3G. Android is good OS as well but no Office.
Well see how the WinMo7 performs. Can't wait to check it out. I'm done using my iPhone 3Gs. Good thing did not upgrade to iPhone4.


By GTaudiophile on 10/11/2010 10:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
I have been holding out on the "smartphone" experience until seeing MS's interpretation, and I am glad I waited. I think MS has thought outside the box with this one. I also see it as the platform of choice for "power/business" users. WinMo7 is the death of RIM and their platform.




Copy & Paste: Confirmed
By GTaudiophile on 10/11/2010 10:37:05 AM , Rating: 2
Coming in early 2011.

All phones, regardless of OEM, will be updated directly from MS, so no more staggered updates(ala Android).




Nvidia only on Windows to start?
By jmunjr on 10/11/2010 9:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
I *think* Tegra 2 is only on the Windows 7 phones to start as Android support for Tegra is limited or in its infancy...




Meh
By FearTec on 10/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: Meh
By solgae1784 on 10/11/2010 10:03:20 AM , Rating: 2
Well, so did the first couple iOS/Android releases. No tethering unless you root/jailbreak.

Besides, UI is really more or less dependent on each user's preference.


RE: Meh
By Moishe on 10/11/2010 10:19:26 AM , Rating: 2
MS knows that it needs to really compete. They need a good mobile OS platform more than they need a popular phone, but one breeds the other.

For those who don't watch Windows CE, you might not know that MS has had quite a bit of success with mobile Windows. Obviously, not success measured by phone marketshare, but still, it has been a successful OS. It's just out-of-date. Windows Mobile 7 is the key because it's got the newer programming stuff built in, newer/better look and feel, non-bolted on touch tech, etc.

They need to simply stick with it, and actually try.


RE: Meh
By nafhan on 10/11/2010 10:24:04 AM , Rating: 2
They're not going to kill it off.
They killed off Kin mostly because they had a real smartphone platform sitting there a few months away.
Killing off WinPho7 would be the end of MS on the phone for a long time if not forever, and they know they can't do that.
I think this is going to turn out like the Xbox. It's probably going to have some great features that attract a few people, but otherwise it's laying the groundwork for the next generation product.


RE: Meh
By inighthawki on 10/11/2010 12:32:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The UI looks crap.

Well that's rather subjective. The UI is one of the top reasons I will be buying a WP7 phone. I own a Zune HD and I find the interface to be one of the best mobile device interfaces I've ever encountered. Like all interfaces it has its small flaws, but in the end it's far more innovative and unique than anything from Apple, Google, or the rest of the competition that just bases their interface off the 15-year-old concept of icons on a desktop-like interface.


RE: Meh
By hr824 on 10/11/2010 1:09:31 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry but no matter how well the UI works it still looks like programmers did the artwork, just plain ugly. Kinda like XP functional but ugly.


RE: Meh
By Alexstarfire on 10/11/2010 3:33:14 PM , Rating: 1
UI might be subjective, but being unique doesn't mean it's good either. To me it looks like a glorified child's toy, at least the interface. I can say I haven't used it, but that's my first impression. I'm not in the market for a new smartphone, and won't be for about 2 years, so I'll check it out when that time comes around. While the features may end up being there, I don't think the interface is going to change all that much.


RE: Meh
By inighthawki on 10/11/2010 4:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
UI might be subjective, but being unique doesn't mean it's good either.

True, but in my case, I haven't really jumped on board the smartphone train yet is because none of the existing phones/OSs have intrigued me. They all look essentially the same with a few differences. I got a Zune HD last year and since then I've fallen in love with the interface compared to any other mobile interface I've ever seen. Not necessarily because it's "unique" but because it's so different it caught my attention more. Normally I'm not a fan of the ultra-simplified style like Apple goes for, but I not only think that the Metro UI is simplified really well and works really well, but MS may have beaten Apple at its own game.


RE: Meh
By solarrocker on 10/11/10, Rating: 0
RE: Meh
By xaders on 10/11/2010 9:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
This is a 1st generation WP& device, ill wait for the update because im on verizon so all the bug will be work out. Id like what Microsoft did with integration with Zune, Xbox, Office but not Bing. The interface is interesting and too simple and would like to see if HTC UI in WP7. considered Microsoft was handicapped for the decade with antitrust from both the USA and Europe.

Finally, a phone from Microsoft that can compete because just like the computer, "it is always, will be Mac vs PC" Microsoft employee can now use their cell phone probably instead of worrying about having an Iphone, benefit. What would apple employee do when they have WP7?
Both CEO from Apple & Microsoft (Steve's) are in way over the heads from one into their own ego and the other in denied. 10-11-2010, Today show where Steve Ballmar avoid most of all Matt's questions about the Iphone and probably Matt has an Iphone. To Apple, they are not the center of the universe and if apple is so rich & profitable now why dont they help the poor/other around the world like Bill Gates. Even Facebook Founder & CEO donate money to help out even if we dont know how much he is worth. Steve Jobs is laughing all the way to the bank!!

In the end, We (as consumer) will get the better devices with more competition from Apple, Google, Blackberry & etc. with Microsoft. The only thing now is the "stupid" tier limited data plans and service contracts.
I'll Wait for 2nd gernation WP7 because would like to see battery life and cell phone reception testing.


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