Samsung Omnia is first DivX certified mobile in the US

Mumbai: DivX, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. has announced that the Samsung Omnia1 is the first DivX certified handset to be released in the US market. The Samsung Omnia, a CDMA phone, has been made available to consumers across the US for purchase from 26 November.

DivX Certification of the Samsung Omnia enables the seamless playback of high-quality DivX video. DivX compression technology produces video that is optimally suited for mobile platforms, requiring minimal storage for the highest quality experience possible. Utilizing the Samsung Omnia’s large 3.2-inch touch screen, consumers will be able to play back DivX video stored on the device’s internal 8GB memory or on additional microSD flash cards. In addition to DivX video support, the Samsung Omnia provides an all-in-one solution for consumers’ daily business and personal demands, integrating Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, full HTML browser, optical mouse, and a 5.0 megapixel camera.

"The inclusion of DivX video support highlights a mounting trend among mobile phone manufacturers to integrate premium multimedia functionality in response to rising consumer expectation for high-quality portable video," said Global Wireless Practice for Strategy Analytics, Inc. executive director Christopher Ambrosio. "Digital media enablers, such as DivX, stand to benefit significantly from the mobile market’s increasing integration of digital video solutions."

"By including DivX video decoding in the Samsung Omnia, we’re giving our users the high-quality technology they would expect from a mobile phone with an advanced feature set," said Samsung’s Telecommunication Business vice president Marketing Younghee Lee.

"Samsung is a proven leader within the mobile space and we are pleased that they continue to see the value of DivX video technology for their mobile solutions," DivX, Inc. said chief executive officer Kevin Hell. "The Samsung Omnia is an ideal portable entertainment device and its release to U.S. consumers highlights our increasing relevance within the mobile market."

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience, including reliable video creation and playback, interoperability with other DivX Certified devices and the visual quality users expect from DivX.