Just as the hoopla over the Palm Pre and the 3GS refresh of the iPhone is fading, large-screen refreshes of two popular Windows Mobile phones are hitting the web.
First, the Samsung Omnia i900 is being succeeded by the Omni II aka GT-18000 (picture from Engadget Mobile). The specs (with my brief comments in parentheses):
Windows Mobile 6.1 (upgradeable to 6.5?)
3.7” (increased from 3.2”!) AMOLED (!) WVGA (480×800) resistive touch screen
Quad-band EDGE, 2100MHz HSDPA (US 3G version?)
Qualcomm MSM6290 processor
Bluetooth 2.0 + WiFi b/g + aGPS
8.1MP camera with flash, VGA video at 30fps (8.1MP!)
Possibly Samsung’s rumored 3D cube (Cubic37?) interface.
Samsung may announce this device at the Samsung Unpacked event next Monday, June 15, followed by a release possibly later this Summer. In the meantime, this video should tide you over.
Next up at bat is Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X2 (picture from Engadget), which of course succeeds the X1. So far fewer specs are available than with the Omnia II. Here are some important ones:
Windows Mobile 6.5, with some Windows 7 support)
3.5” (increased from 3.0”) WVGA (800×480) OLED resistive touch screen (not clear if AMOLED)
Custom GUI with panels (reportedly very fast)
“Faster” processor (alas a MS7200 Qualcomm chipset, not Snapdragon)
GPS/aGPS and accelerometerNew images of Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 surface has more images. Xperia X2 in silver revealed, looks better, does not have 512 MB RAM has some updates.
Unclear when this device will be announced or released.
These devices certainly can give the HTC Touch Pro 2 a run for its money … if they are released soon enough (with U.S. 3G) to compete with the Touch Pro 2, which has cleared FCC approval and should be released in the U.S. by the major carriers later this Summer. These additional choices for large-screen Windows Mobile phones certainly are welcome.