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Samsung Releases The Best iPhone Clone Yet With The Omnia SGH-i900

Korean Manufacturer Samsung proved once more that it will be a force to reckon with after prelaunching the SGH-i900 on the very day of the 3G iPhone release; sure, it's just a blip on the radar but it will appeal to those who want the iPhone without the price tag.

The Omnia SGH-i900 looks like an elongated iPhone and sports a rather strange screen ratio (5:3 rather than the usual 4:3 or 16:10); it is still capable of displaying 240x400 pixels on a large 3.2-inch touchscreen.

An intriguing feature is that great looking optical sensor, introduced by the i780, that acts like a mouse pointer as well...

In Cnet Crave's own words (opens in new tab), "the i900 also has an optical sensor for a directional pad. This can be used in two modes--as a regular four-way directional pad or as an onscreen mouse pointer. Pressing on this optical sensor selects."

It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and sports some interesting specs like an onboard GPS, a haptic feedback screen, a 5-megapixel digital camera with autofocus, 128MB internal memory and a huge 16GB internal memory (which is supplemented by a microSD expansion slot that can accommodate up to 32GB).

Connectivity is not something that has been left out; 7.2mbps 3.5G HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.2 A2DP, TV-Out, Wi-Fi ... You name it, it has it...

A preview (opens in new tab) from Pocket-lint points to an August launch date which might be a tad too late to prevent the iPhone from owning the smartphone market.

And the expected price, more than £500 unlocked, could make customers stumble.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.