updated 05:25 am EDT, Wed October 6, 2010
Samsung i8700/Omnia 7, Office app demoed
A video leak (below) has surfaced of the Samsung Omnia 7/i8700 demonstrating the Windows 7 user interface in full flight. Based on the interface language displayed, it appears that the leak has emerged from France. The video takes viewers though a full, albeit un-narrated, tour of the WP7 device including a quick demonstration of what appears to be a customized Samsung user hub added to the stock shipping hubs in the OS.
Of particular interest is the demonstration of the Windows Office suite that ships as standard with WP7. Traditionally, one of the selling points for the Windows Phone OS has been its unique ability to run a version of Office that will allow users to open and edit desktop documents and spreadsheets. The initial shipping version of Word for Windows Phone 7 looks surprisingly rudimentary and appears to be nothing more than a glorified text editor. The Excel app is also quite simplistic in appearance and function.
While Apple has managed to develop in its iWork suite or the iPad a mobile app that resembles its desktop equivalent in many ways, Office for Windows Phone 7 appears to be generations behind in both appearance and in function. Instead Microsoft appears to have relied heavily on the Office icon to give the impression that Windows Phone 7 will be business friendly when the reality looks like it may fall well short of what users might expect of a mobile application interface in the year 2010.
The Samsung i8700/Omnia 7 is said to include 8GB of storage, a 1GHz processor, a four-inch 800x480 touchscreen, and a five-megapixel camera. Pricing and shipping advice can be expected in the coming days with Windows Phone 7 set to officially launch on October 11. [via WMPowerUser]