NEW YORK--Though not much of a surprise, Samsung and Verizon officially unveiled the Samsung Continuum at a press event in Manhattan today.
The latest in Samsung's Galaxy S series of Android phones, the Continuum is special in that it has two separate displays: a larger 3.4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen on top and a smaller 1.8-inch ticker display on the bottom. The ticker display is customizable and streams real-time information from your social networks and your news, sports, entertainment, and weather feeds.
The idea is that you can simply look at the ticker display for quick updates rather than having to wake up your phone from its standby state. To help in this, the Continuum features grip sensor technology where you can grip the bottom of the phone with your hand and that will automatically activate the ticker screen. From there, you can swipe from left to right and vice versa to see your various updates.
Aside from the dual displays, the Samsung Continuum is running Android 2.1 with the TouchWiz 3.0 interface. Fair warning, though: like the Samsung Fascinate, Bing will be the default search engine and mapping app for the smartphone.
On the brighter side, the Continuum can be used as a mobile hot spot for up to five devices; it also supports DivX and Xvid video formats. Other goodies include a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video capture, DLNA support, and a preloaded 8GB microSD card.
The Samsung Continuum will be available for preorder starting Thursday and will be in stores November 18. The cost of the phone is $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.