Samsung Nov. 8 will unveil the Samsung Continuum i400 in New York City, with expectations to sell it Nov. 11 for $199.99. The device sports dual-screen Super AMOLED displays.
Rumors of Samsung launching a Nexus Two smartphone based on Google's Android
2.3 operating system Nov. 8 are laid to rest with the report that the company
will be rolling out a different phone that day: the Samsung Continuum i400.
Samsung is holding a press event for Nov. 8 in New York
City, and media outlets speculated
the consumer electronics maker could roll out
its Samsung Galaxy Player
music device or the Nexus Two with the
new Gingerbread OS.
However, Samsung officials denied it will launch the Nexus Two that day. Samsung Hub
Nov. 3 said the launch will actually be the
Continuum, a dual-screen device sold exclusively by Verizon Wireless starting
Verizon declined to comment on the launch, but confirmed the existence of
the device in this holiday gift idea page
Specs unearthed at Phone Arena showed
the Continuum is much like the Samsung Fascinate,
running Android 2.1 with the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor.
However, while the Fascinate sports a 4-inch display, the Continuum's main
screen is a 3.4-inch 480-by-800 WVGA Super AMOLED display atop a 1.8-inch 96-by-480
Super AMOLED display for showing alerts and messages.
The device, the first dual-screen Android handset, also sports a 5-megapixel
auto-focus camera and LED flash that supports 720p video recording and DivX
Specs from a Verizon Wireless comparison chart later surfaced on Droid Life
showing the Continuum side-by-side with the Samsung
Fascinate, underscoring the devices' similarities.
Engadget said the Continuum will sell
for $199 with a two-year contract starting Nov. 11.
So what of the fabled Nexus Two, a device built by Samsung and loaded with
Google-picked software, including the new Android 2.3 OS?
it's very real but very delayed due to a hardware
issue. IntoMobile said
Android 2.3 could still arrive, sans device, Nov.
the Nexus One last January as the first
handset based on Android 2.1, selling the device unlocked
through its Web store for
$529, or $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile.
The device was unique because, while HTC
made the hardware, Google put only the software it wanted on it.
Few people purchased the device and, after Sprint and Verizon Wireless reneged
on their plans to offer the device, Google shuttered
the Web store in the spring, offering the Nexus One
to developers as a testbed