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Photos: Hands-on with Samsung Omnia i8910 HD

The Samsung Omnia HD is the first phone to shoot high-definition video, with a huge AMOLED screen that's exceptionally smooth and crisp with those moving pictures we love

Nate Lanxon
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Ever wanted 720p HD video content on your phone? Samsung's brand-new Omnia HD promises that, with 'HD' in the name and everything, but doesn't actually deliver it. Oh well.

The Omnia HD was unveiled at Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona. It's an 8-megapixel quad-band handset, with a whopping 94mm (3.7-inch) AMOLED touchscreen running at a resolution of 360x640-pixels. And it does indeed 'support' high-definition video content running at 1,280x720-pixels, in addition to DivX, Xvid, H.264, MPEG-4, WMV and RM video formats. Of course, it can only display video at half that resolution on its screen, but Samsung allows it to be outputted to an HDTV via a bundled cable.

It'll also play MP3, WMA and AAC audio formats, including iTunes Plus downloads. It's got GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.5G HSDPA data connectivity, push email support, an accelerometer for rotation detection, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory and up to 32GB of additional memory via microSD cards.

It's a gorgeous-looking handset, and must be praised for its incredible screen, HD or no. It's easily as good as the Cowon S9's AMOLED display, only larger. Hype aside, you couldn't appreciate HD on a screen of this size -- even it had enough pixels -- but it looked absolutely terrific anyway.

You can also film HD videos using the 8-megapixel camera, then either edit the clips on the phone itself, or transfer them to a computer for editing in a software package. Frankly, we're sceptical about the prospect of high-definition video shot on an imaging sensor the size of Max Clifford's conscience, but we'll save that criticism until we've fully tested it.

The GPS system offers both standard car navigation mode, but also a 'pedestrian mode' for turn-by-turn navigation on foot.

Running the Symbian S60 5.0 operating system, we found the Omnia HD didn't quite offer the same responsiveness the iPhone's screen offers, but its powerful innards, impressive feature set and amazing screen may well make up for it in many peoples' eyes.

We'll have a full review in the coming weeks, before the phone launches in the UK during Q2 2009. Check out our gallery of photos over the next few pages until then.

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The main home screen interface, featuring widgets and a sidebar for accessing frequently used applications.
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This is the Omnia HD running not-actually-high-definition video, but it was exceptionally smooth and crisp -- one of the best video experiences we've seen on a phone.
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Dull, yes. But this is a phone, so it needs a keypad. And here it is.
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This is the 8-megapixel camera around the back. It has a single LED flash, and there's a secondary camera on the front of the handset for use with video calls.
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A 3.5mm headphone socket sits on the top of the phone.

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