Samsung i900 Omnia

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Samsung i900 Omnia
Samsung i900 Omnia.jpg
SeriesSamsung Omnia Series
Compatible networksAGPS, HSDPA (3.5G), Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Availability by region2008
SuccessorSamsung i8000 Omnia II
Form factorCandybar
Dimensions112 x 56.9 x 12.5 mm
Mass127 g
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
CPU624MHz Marvell PXA312 processor.
Memory128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
Storage8 GB/16 GB
Removable storageMicroSD (TransFlash)
BatteryLi-Ion (1440 mAh)
Display240x400 px (rotatable), 3.2 in, TFT LCD, Touch Screen
Rear camera5 Megapixels (Back) and VGA Video Recording
Front camera3G Video Calling (Front)
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi b/g,
Data inputsTouchscreen, Optical “Finger-Mouse” sensor, Buttons
Hearing aid compatibilityM4 [1]

The Samsung SGH-i900, also known as Omnia I or WiTu[2] (in Russia only), is a smartphone created by Samsung Mobile. Announced in June 2008, the Omnia was launched in Singapore in mid-June, available in stores on the 20th of June, and in the rest of Asia in July. For some parts of Europe, it was launched in August. The American version launched in December 2008 through Verizon Wireless[3] while the Canadian version launched in April 2009 through Telus Mobility.

The Omnia was Samsung Mobile's top-of-the-line flagship handset. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, but comes other applications preinstalled to make its GUI and its functions distinguishable from others running the same platform:

  • Samsung Today Screen 1 (alternative home screen UI)
  • Samsung Today Screen 2 (similar to Samsung Today Screen 1)
  • Samsung Touch Wiz UI (alternative application menu with a widget bar and widgets)

All these applications have the ability to be controlled by sliding the finger across the screen. The third Today Screen has gained interest because of its control method. It uses about a fourth of the screen on the left side to hold a bar of widgets that can be scrolled up and down. The rest of the screen is customizable, as widgets can be pulled out of the sidebar and onto the main screen to be expanded for quick use.


The Samsung Omnia has a 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. Additionally Samsung Omnia supports VGA resolution video recording with about 20 - 25 frame/s. Samsung Omnia's front-facing 3G camera has a resolution of 0.3 megapixels (VGA).

Korean edition (T*Omnia)[edit]

Samsung T*OMNIA Main.jpg

SK Telecom and Samsung announced a Korean edition of Samsung Omnia, T*Omnia or SCH-M490. T is a brand name marketed by SK Telecom. The hardware has been upgraded to have a 3.3-inch (84 mm) Wide VGA (800 x 480) LCD screen and a PXA312 CPU that automatically overclocks up to 806 MHz. An S-DMB tuner has replaced the TV-out and FM tuner. The 4 GB version (SCH-M490) is priced at KRW68,000, and the 16 GB (SCH-M495) at KRW1,078,000 including 10% VAT.[4]

Japanese edition (930SC)[edit]

In Japan, SoftBank Mobile announced that the Samsung Omnia will be sold as 930SC in November 2008. However, it adopted the proprietary operating system instead of Windows Mobile. It has a 3.3-inch (84 mm) Wide VGA LCD and 1seg tuner, but GPS has been excluded. It is also available for SoftBank Mobile's own mobile Internet service.

North American edition (SCH-i910)[edit]

Omnia 910.jpg

The Samsung Omnia has been released under the version name SCH-i910 in North America, with Verizon Wireless as the network operator. The SCH-i910 has a speaker on the back and has CDMA2000 instead of the GSM radio. The SCH-i910 still runs Windows Mobile 6.1 along with some added software such as Visual Voicemail. Most other features stay the same as the SCH-i900. Most noticeably, the i910 does not include the secondary VGA camera on the front; presumably due to the lack of support for video calls in North America. The North American version of the phone uses the same 624 MHz chip used by other versions. This has been confirmed by numerous North American users through the "settings" menu on the Omnia.[5]

Canadian service provider Telus Mobility launched the CDMA2000 Samsung Omnia on April 3, 2009.

Canadian service provider Bell Mobility launched the CDMA2000 Samsung Omnia on April 9, 2009

Verizon software update[edit]

  • On July 16, 2009 the CF03 Software Update became available for Verizon Omnia users which includes operating system updates and unlocks the GPS device so that third party applications (such as Google Maps) can use it.
  • Currently the only legal versions of Windows Mobile that the phone can run are Versions 6.0 and 6.1 (Professional)

Omnia II (GT-i8000)[edit]

A new model with improved specifications and design called the i8000 Samsung Omnia II.[6][7] Samsung Omnia II GT-I8000(H/L/U) is a multimedia smartphone announced at Samsung Unpacked on June 15, 2009.[8] Earlier Omnia II releases runs Windows Mobile 6.1, however it's upgradable to version 6.5. There is also an unofficial and highly experimental Android version available. Verizon is the official US carrier for this phone and released it in December 2009.


One can use an external device (as the Royaltek TMC receiver) to use TMC information.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Samsung Omnia Official Specifications (VZW)". Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  3. ^ "Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  4. ^ "삼성전자, 전지전능 T*옴니아 드디어 출시" (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  5. ^ "Verizon Verizon Samsung Omnia - MSM7500 400mhz CPU instead of Marvell 624mhz CPU = SUCKS - Page 2". 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  6. ^ "Samsung Omnia Ii". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  7. ^ "TMC mini-USB interface: RTA-3000 TMC mini-USB interface RoyalTek". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  8. ^ "Combine Work and Play with the New Omnia Series". Retrieved on June 29, 2009
  9. ^ "Samsung Omnia i900 running iGO8 using Royaltek GPS TMC - xda-developers". Retrieved 2013-10-04.

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