One of the most exciting phones currently not coming to the US is Samsung's i900 Omnia. Omnia is set to launch in Italy next Tuesday, July 22, and will make its way across Europe by the end of August, but Samsung hasn't released any plans for a US launch. Too bad, since this GSM Windows Mobile smartphone will feauture a WQVGA touchscreen display, 5MP camera with auto-focus and getotagging, GPS, 3G/WiFi, an optical mouse for navigation, and 8 or 16 GB of memory backed by a microSD card slot ... all packed into a 12.5mm thin hosing with a snazzy brushed metal back.
But we knew that. What we didn't know is that when Omnia hits Italian shelves next week, Media World will be offering quite a deal to early adopters: Buy an Omnia, get an Xbox 360 free. Yup. According to GSM World, the electronics retailer is taking preorders now, and if you sign up for an Omnia you get an Xbox. Not bad, huh? It's kind of like the opposite of, "Stand in line for 6 hours and get to pay full price for an iPhone."
Samsung's i900 Omnia carries a retail price of 499 Euro (appx $793 USD) for the 8GB version, though it should sell for considerably less on contract thanks to subsidies. Once the phone is available we'll do our darndest to get an unlocked version to try out here in the States - it looks that promising.