Samsung unveils Mango-based Omnia W

Samsung has unveiled the first of its Windows Phone handsets that will launch with Mango, also known as version 7.5 of Microsoft's smartphone platform.

Samsung has unveiled the first of its Windows Phone handsets that will launch with Mango, also known as version 7.5 of Microsoft's smartphone platform.

The Omnia W, which will hit Italy first at the end of October before being released across Europe and elsewhere, is a sequel to earlier Samsung Windows Phone such as the Omnia 7. However, while those phones need updates to get Mango features such as unified messaging and video calling, the Omnia W will come with these capabilities at launch.

"We are excited about the potential for Windows Phone and the possibilities it opens for Samsung customers," Samsung Mobile Communications chief JK Shin said in a statement on Monday.

The Omnia W has 1.4GHz processor, a bright, 3.7-inch SuperAMOLED screen and a five-megapixel camera. As with all new Windows Phones, its People Hub feature is plugged into social networking services including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Windows Live, and the device comes with mobile versions of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, One Note and PowerPoint apps.

According to Samsung, manufacturer-specific additions include AllShare, a content transfer mechanism for hooking up the Omnia W with DLNA-enabled TVs and cameras, and Mini Diary, a way for users to "capture their experiences in multimedia formats and create their very own personalised digital journal while on the go".

UK pricing for the Omnia W was not available at the time of writing.

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