Samsung Electronics, a global leader in mobile technology, has launched the long awaited Omnia 7, the first device to launch from Samsung with a Windows Phone 7 operating system.

The Samsung Omnia 7 features a 4-inch super AMOLED touch screen, 1GHz application processor, a five megapixel camera with HD recording – all packed into a sleek, slim-line design with a metallic finish.
This device offers an exceptional entertainment experience and includes a range of Microsoft services, such as Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune for music and video.
“The Samsung Omnia 7 is our first Windows Phone 7 device and we anticipate that consumers will be drawn to its fantastic entertainment experience. Most importantly, however, the device demonstrates our commitment to offering consumers a choice of platforms that fit their lifestyles,” says Paulo Ferreira, head of mobile product and business solutions at Samsung.
“We are proud to partner with Microsoft for what represents a significant milestone and a great addition to our smartphone portfolio and are launching this product today, which is fully supported by Microsoft, to continue to demonstrate the importance of this partnership for the consumer and smartphone market alike,” he adds.
“Samsung has been a key partner to Microsoft in bringing Windows Phone to customers all over the world,” says Andy Lees, president of the mobile communications business at Microsoft.
“Their launch of the Samsung Omnia 7 marks a significant step in delivering to customers a different kind of phone that will stand out amongst the competition, and we are thrilled to continue our strong partnership and embark on this journey with a smartphone industry leader.”
Featuring a crisp 4-inch super AMOLED touch screen, the Omnia 7 delivers a brilliant viewing experience, even outdoors. The five megapixel camera with LED flash is ideal for capturing images that make the most of the superb screen.
Additional unique Samsung features on the Omnia 7 include:
* Now Hub – a news, weather and stocks service powered by Reuters.
* Enhanced camera experience with simple and quick photo sharing to multiple social networking sites.
Windows Phone 7 means Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE and Zune are available directly on the Samsung Omnia 7. An extensive line up of gaming titles are available from Xbox LIVE, while Zune offers a host of video and music content that can be downloaded directly. The Omnia 7 works with the user's PC to automatically synch content so that music and videos can be enjoyed anywhere.
Samsung Omnia 7 features the intuitive, dynamic user interface of Windows Phone 7 with Hubs that help to organise information and simplify tasks. The device boasts a customisable start screen with "Live Tiles" that displays updated content instead of generic icons.
“Real time updates that bring content from the Web, news, appointments or social media status updates directly to the home screen, as well as hubs for people, pictures, office, marketplace, games, and music and video – ensuring that all your content is exactly where you want it,” continues Ferreira.
“The Samsung Omnia 7 is a market catalyst and we believe that this is one way Samsung are continuing to innovate and bring to the market what is expected of smartphone providers locally – variety and an enriched user experience,” concludes Ferreira.
The Samsung Omnia 7 will be available exclusively from Vodacom from 6 June 2011 at a recommended retail price of R5 299.00.