Samsung Confirms WP7 Handset Was Omnia HD But OS Upgrades Are "Not Yet Clear"

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Just as we thought, Samsung's Windows Phone 7 Series handset shown off at Mix 2010 the other day was the Omnia HD—but according to Samsung "it's not yet clear whether existing i8910HD users will be able to upgrade."

TechRadar sniffed around Samsung and was told they're not yet sure on upgrade potential, considering "this demo was a one-off," and that "the launch was from Microsoft, not Samsung," who apparently upgraded the phone with a multitouch WVGA screen and 1GHz chip.


Other minimum requirements for Windows Phone 7 handsets include an accelerometer, 5.0-megapixel camera, FM radio, and 8GB of internal storage. The original Omnia HD that Samsung's been selling since mid last year had three buttons for calling, menu and exit, but during Microsoft's keynote the phone had "Start" "Search" and "Back" labels on them instead.

While the Samsung representative TechRadar spoke to wasn't 100 per cent on the likelihood of existing Omnia HD owners being able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7, we do know there'll be no upgrade path for Windows Mobile phones. So, if Microsoft's not supporting their own supporters—not to mention the hardware restrictions—it's not looking very likely. [TechRadar]

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I really hope an upgrade is possible. The Omnia HD is a great phone hardware wise, currently crippled by crap OS. It's like trying to run a Ferrari on diesel...

Anyway Samsung's record on updates is pretty appalling so I don't hold out much hope either. (please prove me wrong!)