Samsung Switcheroo: Louvre Might Become Omnia Pro At Launch

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BGR is reporting today that the well-known AMOLED-equipped Samsung Omnia Pro might be linked to the recently unearthed "Louvre B7610." By the way, "linked" in this case means "the exact same thing."

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Why the subterfuge? No idea, but what today's news does bring us are a slew of updated specs for the Omnia Pro/Louvre, due out sometime in September or October.

* 3.5-inch AMOLED resistive touchscreen display w/ WVGA resolution
* 800MHz processor
* 5.1 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
* Sliding QWERTY keypad
* 2 UIs (Pro & Media)
* TV-OUT
* 3.5mm headphone jack
* MicroUSB
* Divx/WMV/H.264 accelerations
* GPS/WIFI/HSDPA/HSUPA/Bluetooth
* FM Radio
* DNLA support
* 1GB internal memory with microSDHC up to 32GB
* 1500mAh battery

Louvre? Omnia Pro? Louvre Pro? Who knows. It's a slick phone with a robust set of features and a presumably sharp little touchscreen. We'll definitely know more toward the end of the summer. [Unwired News via BGR]

DISCUSSION

Well now.. I've been a fan of the Omnia since inception- its versatility and capacity are amazing. Adding a slider keyboard is a nice thought as the current one is a bit slim. If the 3.5mm jack is added I'm there- the proprietary connector is a pain, but the proprietary earbuds @ $20 are pretty good.

As far as I am concerned the Omnia still outperforms the iPhone in almost all categories: e-mail, work tasks associated with MS Office, mass storage, and web browsing- yes, I said web browsing- try Hulu with an iPhone.

Adding Skyfire makes the WinMo platform unbeatable and the lock-ups are very few (yeah it requires a softboot every once in awhile, but so does everything else).

If you want to use one as an MP3 player, add a 16g micro SD card for $30 and an aftermarket music app and you are golden- you still come out way ahead of any iPhone cost and performance.

The key is to accually lean how to use WinMo and configure your phone properly- God forbid anyone should know how to use their device. Between the user configured controls and the customizable screens you can access anything within 3 clicks, no wories.