The Samsung Continuum is expected to launch next week, though Verizon will only say it is coming soon. The carrier has also kept mum about the price for this Android OS smartphone with an unusual design, but an unconfirmed report has revealed it.
According to information leaking out of Verizon, the Continuum is going to sell for $200 with a service contract. This shouldn’t raise any eyebrows, as its the price for virtually all high-end smartphones.
An Overview of the Samsung Continuum
A few days ago, the Continuum was pre-announced by Verizon when it appeared in this carrier’s list of Holiday Gift Ideas. Few details were given, but this model has been the subject of a number of leaks over the past several weeks.
This Android OS model is supposedly going to have a fairly standard high-end feature set, but with an unusual addition: a second screen just below its main one. The primary display will be a 3.4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen, while the smaller one will be a 1.8-inch 96 x 480 display. Both will be Super AMOLED.
The secondary display will supposedly light up whenever the user is holding the bottom of the device, and will give basic status information, including the contents of Text messages, RSS feeds, weather, etc. The intent is apparently to give the user the latest updates without having to turn on the main screen, which would have a greater drain on the battery.
The Continuum is going to run Google’s Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung. It will have 384 MB of RAM, 2 GB of internal storage, and it will be bundled with an 8 GB microSD memory card slot.
According to a specifications sheet that leaked out a few days ago, this smartphone is going to support Verizon’s voice and 3G data network (EV-DO Rev. A), and it will have Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
It will also supposedly include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash that will support 720p video.
Overall, this Samsung model will be 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches, and 4.4 ounces.
Like all smartphones running Google’s operating system, it will come with an array of communication and entertainment software, including a very capable web browser.
Coming Next Week?
An earlier unconfirmed report indicated that the Samsung Continuum i400 is going to be released on November 11.
The price for this model is not yet known.