updated 10:50 am EDT, Fri July 24, 2009
Samsung Omnia II at FCC
Samsung's flagship Omnia II smartphone may be the first to directly compete against the iPhone in the US if an FCC filing (PDF) is an indication. Previously thought only to be headed to Verizon, the Windows Mobile phone has appeared in the US agency's testing with both GSM support and HSPA-based 3G on the 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands used by AT&T. No labels or other branding have necessarily confirmed a carrier deal so far.
The phone would be one of the first technically competitive touchscreen smartphones to arrive on AT&T since the iPhone 3GS. Its centerpiece is a 3.7-inch, 800x480 AMOLED screen that's both sharper and more color-rich than the 480x320 LCD on Apple's device. A 5-megapixel camera, the combination of both built-in storage and microSDHC and support for DivX video are all considered technical advantages. [via CellPhoneSignal]