HTC pioneered the smartphone one-two punch with their HTC Touch Diamond slate and HTC Touch Pro QWERTY-slider. The formula worked – HTC offered those without a need for a QWERTY keyboard a slimmer touchscreen smartphone (Touch Diamond), essentially adding a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for those with a need for hard keys (Touch Pro). And, now that the HTC Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 are starting to hit market, Samsung is rumored to be crafting a QWERTY-toting complement to their Samsung Omnia i8910 (HD) – the Samsung Omnia Pro.
Word on the street has Samsung readying their new Samsung Omnia Pro for launch in July. The Omnia Pro is reportedly going to feature a 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera (with flash and auto-focus) and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a la the HTC Touch Pro and Touch Pro2. And, given the “Pro” branding, it would make sense to see the Omnia Pro rocking features already available in the Omnia – GPS, WiFi and 3G data connectivity. We’re expecting the Samsung Omnia HD to ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional upon launch, with a Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional upgrade coming down the pipeline later in the year.
Look for the Samsung Omnia Pro to drop sometime in July with a €500 ($662) price tag. Hey, you gotta pay to play… unless you can get it for free on contract.