Review: Samsung Omnia HD i8910

Samsung was looking to overtake Nokia’s S60 enthusiasts when it launched the i8510 INNOV8, to compete against the N96. It has just reinforced the same strategy with the i8910 Omnia HD, the phone with the largest AMOLED display in the market, HD recording and playback, and 16GB of memory, which is expandable with a microSD memory card.

As said previously, the i8910 has the largest AMOLED screen in mobile phones industry. At 3.7″ with qHD resolution (640×360 pixels), the screen is as clear as it gets, and PhoneReport was witness to that. The touchscreen display relies on capacitive technology, which provides better response to “finger operation”. The colours of the screen were vivid, providing strong colours and deep contrasts.

The 8 megapixel camera is one of the first in S60 phones. We were not able to test the camera, as the software was at an early stage. The camera supports geo-tagging, business card recognition, face detection, and the Smile and Blink shot technologies, the latter two which make the camera only capture an image when the person is smiling, and not blinking.

The reason that the phone has the HD suffix in its model name is that it can record and playback videos in HD 720p. The recording resolution stands at 1280×720 pixels, at 24 frames per second.Video trimming, audio dubbing, live dubbing, subtitle inclusion, and image capture are the video editing features possible on the phone. One can certainly expect the Omnia HD to be a phone very concentrated on video features, even though Samsung points out that convergance is a very important factor in this device.

Having a 16:9 aspect ration in its screen means that watching a movie on the Omnia HD is similar to being seated in one’s lounge watching a movie in a HDTV panel.

Common features required in high-end phones are also present. The i8910 features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with DLNA certification, HSDPA at 7.2mbps, HSUPA at 5.6mbps, and USB 2.0. The DLNA feature allows the phone to stream a movie in HD resolution to an HDTV panel via Wi-Fi, which can be seen as a wireless TV-out connection. For those that do not possess a DLNA-enabled TV, a dongle with HDMI connection is available for purchase.

The front of the phone is kept relatively simple, the secondary camera, mainly used for video calls, is at the left top corner, and three keys  are located below the 3.7″ display. The keys rest on a silver piece of metal which contrasts against the black colour of the phone.


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