WOW!!! Maybe Samsung listened to the article on relaunching the i8910. Well the video clearly shows a device that looks exactly like the i8910 running Windows Phone 7 Series.
(-Unfortunately, we the current owners, can’t upgrade.-) Updated: It turns out, the possibility to upgrade is there. It’s far-fetched but possible.
Why is it far-fetched? Because the current Samsung i8910 Omnia HDs for sale now, do not meet the specifications for Windows Phone 7 Series.
- Probably the most crucial point is that the i8910 Omnia HD has only 256MB RAM. (-Windows Phone 7 Series Phones must have a minimum of 512MB RAM-) Updated: Turns out 256MB is just fine. On the other hand, Samsung may have kept the extra RAM capped because it’s of no use on Symbian. You know, the same thing HTC did with the HD 2. They only hid away about 64MB though. So maybe not.
- The device must have at least these 3 physical buttons on the front; a “Windows” or home button, a ‘search’ button and a ‘back’ button. This can be overlooked with on-screen buttons though, much like the current configuration with fixed virtual keys on the bottom of the home/menu screens. In the video you can clearly see that the current buttons have been replaced with the Windows ones.
- Screen resolution. The i8910 has the Symbian s60v5 standard 360×640, Windows Phone 7 Series supports 480×800 and later on 320×480. The latter is involves downscaling the resolution which should be possible but as I mentioned, it is yet to supported. The device in the video and the image above already exists.
Check out the video after the break.
Aside from that, I bet that phone has the same ARM Cortex A8 processor, the same 8MP camera with HD Video recording and the same 3.7″ inch AMOLED display. Samsung probably felt the i8910 didn’t get the attention it deserved because of the Symbian platform and they are right. Now this is something for modders to look into.
I love the form factor of the i8910, and if they have made the necessary improvements, this may very well be my next phone. What better replacement for my i8910 than an i8910 with Windows Phone 7 Series? You can read more on this at Engadget, and I’ll keep you posted on any developments.
Check out the full picture of the device courtesey of Engadget: