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Samsung Omnia Upgrade Arrives

Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon Wireless has begun offering its
second-generation Samsung Omnia smartphone, the touchscreen-only Omnia II,
which adds AMOLED display, second-generation TouchWiz user interface and
Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.

It replaces the original Omnia, a touchscreen-only model equipped
with an earlier-generation Windows Mobile OS.

The Omnia II,

by Samsung

in June, became available today at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, which takes the form
of a debit card. A two-year contract is also required.

The Omnia 2 is promoted as offering the industry’s largest AMOLED
cellphone display at 3.7 inches. The 2.0 version of its TouchWiz user interface
adds motion response, six-sided rotating-cube display, downloadable widgets, three
customizable widget screens and ability to access select applications even when
the phone is in locked mode. The user interface is also more deeply integrated
with the phone’s applications and features. The device accesses Samsung’s Widget Store, which lets
users download hundreds of free widgets.

Also new
is Swype technology, which lets users input text faster with one continuous
finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard.

features include WVGA screen, virtual keyboard, Opera 9.5 HTML browser, 5-megapixel
camera/camcorder with flash and auto focus and camcorder, access to social-networking
sites, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Divx and Xvid movie-file playback, 8GB embedded expandable
to 16GB via MicroSD memory card and stereo Bluetooth.