UK handset retailer Phones 4U has confirmed that it will be the first on the high street to offer Samsung's latest Windows Phone, the Omnia M, with the device set to drop tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 August, and be exclusive to the shop for two months.
The mid-range Omnia M runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and will be available free on contract with Vodafone, Orange, and T-Mobile from £20.50. SIM-free pricing is set at £289.95 and pre-orders are currently being accepted on the Phones 4U website.
"We are delighted to exclusively offer the Samsung Omnia M, Samsung's latest handset running Windows 7.5, two months before it will be available via any other UK retailer. Our track record of launching Samsung devices and Windows Phones is incredibly strong," said Scott Hooton, Phones 4U's Chief Commercial Officer.
"Our dedicated Samsung zones in our Oxford Street and Westfield London stores provide the ultimate destination for anyone wanting to buy this Samsung device with Windows Phone. Our retail team is extensively trained on, and passionate about all Samsung products," he added.
A two-year contract with Vodafone at £20.50 a month features 300 minutes, 1000 texts and 250MB of data, with the Omnia M expected to upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 in the future rather than Windows Phone 8.
Consumers holding out for a Samsung Windows Phone 8 device may have to wait a bit, with the Korean tech titan still prepping devices codenamed 'Odyssey' and 'Marco,' according to documents filed as part of the ongoing Apple v Samsung patent trial in the US.
Key specs for Omnia M device include its 4in Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA webcam, 4GB of built-in storage, 384MB of RAM, and a 1500mAh battery.
Unveiled back in May, Samsung will hope the Omnia M can take on the likes of the ZTE Tania, HTC Radar, and Nokia Lumia 710 in the mid-range market - possibly a bit of an ask given that most of those phones have superior on-board memory and better storage capacity.