Samsung Omnia W

If you're a Windows Phone fan and you've been anticipating a new device from Samsung, then today is your lucky day. The Korean electronics giant has just announced the Samsung Omnia W — a speedy Windows Phone handset that will begin its roll-out in Europe in October.

The Omnia W will start shipping in Italy towards the end of next month, and is the predecessor to the Samsung Omnia 7. It will be Samsung's first handset to ship with the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system, and like many of the company's smartphones, it will boast a stunning Super AMOLED display.

Samsung Omnia W Specs

  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • 1.4GHz single-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus & LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Dual-band 900/2100 HSPA and Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 10.9mm thick
  • 115.3 grams

Samsung has also baked some of its own software into the Omnia W, with the introduction of its AllShare media streaming feature, a 3G video calling application, the Mini Diary feature that will be familiar to Android users, and its own ebook reading app.

While the Omnia W does feature a welcome speed increase, it's certainly not the Windows Phone alternative to the Galaxy S II that many of you will have been hoping for. And when compared with Samsung's other dual-core Android devices, the Omnia W does look like it's lacking a little here and there — especially on the camera front.

Samsung is yet to announce a price for the Omnia W, or release dates for other territories, but we'd expect to see it in most markets by the end of the year.

What do you think of the Samsung Omnia W?