Samsung Omnia i900.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has announced a new handset Samsung Omnia i900, that has more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s iconic phone. This Samsung’s latest all-touch smartphone is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.

The handset has a prominent 3.2-inch display that takes up almost the entire front panel of the phone. Underneath the otherwise clean front surface are three buttons. The screen has 240 pixel by 400 pixel resolution (Wide QVGA), which makes it lower resolution than the iPhone or other likely competitors like the HTC Touch Diamond.

The Samsung Omnia i900 offers a range of multimedia features, including a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and face detection, as well as support for DivX, XviD, H.263, H.264 WMV and MP4 video files. The Samsung Omnia i900 will be available in 8GB and 16GB models, and a microSD slot supporting up to 16GB cards allows for further memory expansion.

Measuring 112 by 57 by 12.5 mm, the Samsung Omnia i900 is almost as thin as the Apple iPhone (compare). The Samsung Omnia i900 also boasts stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, optical mouse and an accelerometer for auto-rotation.

The phone will be first unveiled at Communicasia in Singapore next week and go on sale the same week in Southeast Asia. It will be available in Europe in July. Pricing and availability in other markets wasn’t announced.

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