November 8, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Well it is official folks. After a few weeks of leaks, pics, and rumors we finally have the official word on Samsung and Verizon’s next superphone, the Samsung Continuum. The Continuum is the next phone in the Galaxy S Line of smartphones and will be available on Verizon starting November 18th.
There isn’t too much more to report on this device that isn’t known already, but here are the highlights:
- 3.4-inch Super AMOLED “main” touchscreen
- 1.8-inch independent “Ticker” display
- Grip Sensor to activate the Ticker
- Android 2.1 – preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing search (yippee!)
- 1Ghz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
- 5MP camera with HD video recording (720p)
- WiFi, Bluetooth
- 8GB of memory installed with support up to 32GB
So, most of the specs jive with the other Samsung Galaxy S devices that have been released except for the innovative Ticker screen and Grip Sensor. The Ticker screen is just a small screen at the bottom of the device that acts independently from the main display giving you news, social networking info, and other information. To be honest, it sounds kind of quirky, but in practice this idea may be ground-breaking. It’s hard to say if secondary displays will catch on, but giving the user “need-to-know” information quickly and efficiently may be desirable.
One other note that is somewhat off-putting is that Samsung and Verizon are loading this device up with software like no one’s business. I can imagine that some of these things may be useful to some users, but Verizon and Samsung should allow their users to choose what they want and what they don’t rather than forcing a bunch of junk onto them.
Anywho, the Samsung Continuum will be available on November 18th for $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate. So, which new VZW phone is it, the Continuum or the DROID Pro?