Whenever there is a new smart phone that would hit the market, it seems like we’ve already seen them all. Up until that next huge technology advancement, what can you possibly do to make another smart phone stand out from the rest? Say ‘new smart phone,’ and anyone in earshot thinks: Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, built-in sensors, and a full range of apps. The mere notion of a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor was once exhilarating. Now, it barely registers. And what of all these new phones hitting the market for the holidays? How many times can you spin the same configuration? Yep, you can’t surprise us.
Of course, that’s what we all thought until the news of the new Samsung Continuum leaked out. Now, what Samsung has changed up for this Continuum phone is give it a second OLED screen that operates as a ticker; think stock ticker or ESPN ticker. The phone turns that portion on as soon as you hold the phone. The rest of the power-consuming features remain turned off. While it’s on, the ticker will constantly steam different channels of information: RSS, twits, stock information, sport scores, you name it. You decide what it streams. It’s so useful and not particularly groundbreaking that we had one of those moments: Why hadn’t we thought of this?
One “problem” with this new face design is that it calls for very specific accessories. Universal accessories for those dimensions won’t work because they’ll simply cover up the second OLED window. So then, you’ll have to factor a new case and a screen protector into the cost. That is a small price to pay as far as we are concerned.
Under the hood, the Continuum boasts a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU, 348 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, 2 GB of on-board flash storage, and a preloaded 8 GB microSD card. The main display is a 3.4-inch screen with a 480 by 800 resolution. The secondary display uses a 1.8-inch screen with a 96 by 480 resolution. The 5-megapixel camera also uses an LED flash that records video at 720p. It runs on Android 2.1, has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G mobile, and it serves as a hotspot for up to five devices.
The one downside of the phone is that it uses Bing search and doesn’t ship with Android 2.2 Froyo, but we won’t stress that until we get closer to the release. By then, we should get word from Samsung, and we’d expect an update from to 2.1 to 2.2 to be available at some point. As for a precise release data, we’ll just have to wait a little longer, but we should have it by the end of the second week in November after the big Samsung event.