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Samsung Omnia 2 i8000 leaked

An online leak has brought the Windows-powered Omnia i8000 to our attention, just ahead of its anticipated launch during Communicasia next week.

(Credit: GSMArena)

Ahoy hoy, Samsung Omnia 2. This little leak, just a few days ahead of Communicasia, brought the follow-up to last year's Omnia i900 to our attention. GSMArena picked up on the leak, which came with the unintentional best regards from a phone retailer out in Lithuania.

The phone is running Windows Mobile, has a 94mm (3.7-inch) touchscreen (resistive, as Windows Mobile doesn't yet support capacitive screens), an 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash and a poor 150MB of microSD-expandable internal memory. We're also expecting 3.5G HSDPA connectivity for 7.2Mbps web browsing, GPS and Wi-Fi. Pretty much the standard for this sort of phone in 2009, although the lack of a xenon flash is a major shame.

It appears to run Samsung's Windows Mobile overlay, but the traditional WinMo issue remains: wrapping a lump of coal in attractive wrapping paper doesn't make a lump of coal any nicer a present. And so our hopes remain neutral, in contrast to the Symbian-running Samsung i8910 HD, previously known as the Omnia HD, which we scored an "excellent" 8.4 out of 10.

All being well, we're expecting to see the Omnia 2 at Samsung's event next week during Communicasia in Singapore.