Samsung Omnia in Canada

Already Out: Verizon's CDMA Samsung Omnia (above)

Samsung has just confirmed on their facebook fan page that a CDMA-variant of the popular Samsung Omnia will be arriving in Canada early 2009:

In the United States, the Omnia has already released Nov 23rd, 2008 under the Verizon moniker, while in Canada the Omnia will be offered by both Telus and Bell service providers. This is great news for those who have been waiting patiently for a North American version of the phone with 3G capabilities as the current model only supports 3G bands in Asia and Europe (2100). The North American version will support dual-band 3G at 850 and 1900.

On the negative side, however, it is a disappointing that the Omnia will be released in North America only in the CDMA version, a system essentially dying out slowly across the globe. Even with the ability to make calls anywhere in the world, the CDMA Omnia will lack basic sim card functionality that current Omnia's have. Such lack of sim-card portability may be the major selling (or non-selling) point of the North American Omnia. The Iphone, on the other hand, may still win over many would-be subscribers based on the feature alone. There is no word, currently, as to whether or not Samsung will develop a GSM version of the Omnia for North America.

Here's a full North American( CDMA) Omnia specifications list:

Type : CDMA dual band (800/1900 MHz)
Data : CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEV-DO rev.0/1xEV-DO rev.A
3G Capable :Yes
112 x 57 x 13.1(mm)
Type : Li - Ion
Main Display
Resolution : 240 x 400 pixels
Type : 65 536 colors, TFT
Touch Screen : Yes with stylus and handwriting recognition
Resolution : 5 megapixels Resolution
Video : Yes
Features : Flash: LED
Video Playback : Windows Media Player
Music Player : MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR, OGG
FM Radio : FM Radio with RDS
Memory Slot : microSD/microSDHC
Built-in : 8 GB
OS : Windows Mobile Professional; 6.1
Memory : 128 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM
Predictive Text Input : Yes
Internet : Full HTML Browser
USB : USB 2.0
WiFi : Yes
Bluetooth : 2.0, Stereo Bluetooth
Connectors : Proprietary
Other Features
PhoneBook : Capacity depends on system memory, Multiple Numbers Per Contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
PIM : Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, TO-DO, Notes
Voice : Dialing, Commands, Recording, Speaker Phone
GPS : Yes
FCC Approved : Yes

See Also
5 Reason to Buy Omnia Over Iphone

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