Verizon has pre-announced the Samsung Continuum by posting this upcoming smartphone on its web site.
The name, an image of this model, a note that this “Galaxy S phone ” is coming soon now appears in Verizon’s list of Holiday Gift Ideas.
What the Rumors Say
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.