Official: Samsung Continuum Available For $199 On Verizon Starting November 11th

It wasn’t hard to figure out the Samsung event tonight would be all about the Continuum. After an “are you here for the Continuum event” greeting, we took our seats in front of a large projector with the Samsung Continuum plastered on it”

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Before the event even started I found a press release with some of the nitty gritty details:

  • $199 on Verizon Wireless after rebate on contract
  • Available for order November 11th
  • Available for purchase/shipping November 18th

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The Continuum is a Galaxy S phone and gets some originality with a slightly smaller screen than it’s cousins, weighing in at 3.4-inches, but with an added second display for widgety type of information like weather and social networking messages:

Grip Sensor – By touching the bottom sides of the device, the ticker display lights up to give users real-time weather, social networking services (SNS), message, IM and e-mail notification updates

Other details include a 5MP camera, Bing search and maps, 1GHz processor, Swype pre-loaded and an 8GB MicroSD card prepackaged.

VERIZON WIRELESS AND SAMSUNG MOBILE DEBUT THE SAMSUNG CONTINUUM™, A GALAXY S™ SMARTPHONE
November 8, 2010

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Continuum™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone. The Continuum is the world’s first smartphone designed with a dedicated ticker display, which provides users with up-to-the-minute news, sports, finance and social networking updates for maximized multitasking.
The Continuum features two separate but integrated displays: a 3.4-inch touch screen Super AMOLED™ main display and a customizable 1.8-inch Super AMOLED dedicated ticker display that streams customized information in real time. Additionally, the Continuum is powered by Android™ 2.1, with support for Google Mobile Services, including GmailÔ, YouTube™, Android Market™ and more. The Continuum also includes a 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor, 5-megapixel camera, and multiple entertainment and social networking features.
Color: Mirror Black
Key features and specifications:
- 3.4-inch Super AMOLED Main Touch Screen Display–Main display provides user-customizable homescreens and widgets in a brilliant screen display
- 1.8-inch Interactive Super AMOLED Ticker Display–Dedicated ticker display enables zero-click access to news, social networking, sports and entertainment feeds; users can select what content they want on the ticker by selecting from menu on display
- Grip Sensor – By touching the bottom sides of the device, the ticker display lights up to give users real-time weather, social networking services (SNS), message, IM and e-mail notification updates
- Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant screen makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
- Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
- Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
- Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
- 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Advanced touchscreen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
- Multiple file formats supported, including DivX and Xvid support
- Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces amazing graphics, faster upload and download times, and HD-like multimedia content
- Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
- Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
- 5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television; playback (720p) on the screen display
- Wi-Fi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
- Stereo Bluetooth® Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, and object push for vCard and vCalendar
- Corporate Email – Supports Android Éclair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
- Music player features lock screen, ticker display and quick side panel controls and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
- 8 GB microSD™ card preinstalled expandable up to 32 GB

Lifestyle features:
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator®, Mobile IM, City ID, Bing Search and Maps, and Blockbuster Application
- Dedicated ticker displays up-to-the minute news, weather and SNS updates, as well as music player controls and incoming e-mail, IM, and text messages without interrupting the activity on the main display
- Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
- Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google CalendarÔ and SNS, including Facebook®
- Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook – Facebook contacts display in four categories, including Info, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites), and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
- AllShareÔ – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA®), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA Certified®-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
- Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedules
- Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
- Smart Alarm – Natural alarm sound and display automatically illuminates
- Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)

Pricing and availability:
- The Samsung Continuum will be available for order starting Nov. 11 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement and data package. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. The device will be available for purchase in stores beginning Nov. 18.
- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

[Via Samsung]

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  • Fly like a G2

    First

  • Eddy

    ^^^On the pen!$

  • Chris

    Android 2.1

    ’nuff said

  • Fly like a G2

    Eddy your on the penis?

  • The Poet

    Wow, that is it?

    Ok so now when will the Nexus 2 to be announced? Does anyone have some sort of estimate or guess?

  • going_home

    @Chris. Agreed. Outdated OS version. Buh Bye now. :(

  • Josh

    Can’t believe that’s all they announced. Nonetheless I wish they would have released a variant of the Continuum or the phone itself for T-Mobile. I can’t be the only one who thinks that all the Super Amoled glory I have on my Vibrant compacted into a 3.4 in screen will just be superb. And I wouldn’t mind having that ticker as well. Would have been a perfect phone for my brother. And to all the naysayers Froyo is out by means of XDA for nearly every variant of the Galaxy S, sure you shouldn’t have to mod to get the full 2.2 experience but, how many end users can really tell the difference from one version of android to the next?

  • Steaky

    I guess I’m getting the Captivate…

  • Eddy

    Yes i am always first on the Penis :)

  • http://mobilitydigest.com/ Doug Simmons

    FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU Samsung.

    >:(

  • Landlord

    Fail. Yesterday’s phone with a nice display. Android 2.1? Gingerbread will be out in a couple of weeks and this phone can’t even debut with Froyo? No FFC? This looks like it is built for those who live on Social Networking, so why not set it up for video calls? Then, VZW wants $199 on 2 year contract with a $100 mail in rebate.

  • Anthony

    Lame.

  • da;n

    @josh – If you get one of the modded roms from the SGS series of this fone wont the ticker be rendered useless? I guess they will have an extra step of porting froyo then pacthing for the ticker…
    Even though this phone looks nice i would still rather have the DX or the Droid WE…

  • Dave

    Hahaha! 10 months old on release.

    Google, please keep these idiots away from the next Nexus. Thanks.

  • nyr

    So what exactly qualifies this as a galaxy s phone?

  • andulas

    @nyr
    1ghz hummingbird, 5mp camera, SuperAMOLED display, and galaxy s logo on the back. is that enough?

  • cwrig

    So its a big phone with a small screen and an extra even smaller screen. Bargain Bin candidate.

  • droid baby

    this is nexus 2 (nexus s).. sooo, wait for 11 november.. the specs maybe wrong at that date.. and will replace!!.

    i sure this gingerbread device..

  • ted

    bargin BING candidate

  • Karnka

    What a mess.

    So, they’ve got a slightly higher res 4″ panel and painted over part of it with the ‘buttons’ to create a ticker, thrown this in a standard Galaxy S phone and again demonstrated how inept they are on the software front by sticking what is probably a very similarly buggy 2.1 ROM on it.

    Dear god Samsung, what is wrong with you.

  • Tom Robson

    Meh. Nexus 0.5.

  • Toolsoldier

    Didn’t Samsung say that this was going to be “Google phone experience?” So… Bing???

  • http://mobilitydigest.com/ Doug Simmons

    I got a theory, it’s possible … /possible/ that Samsung had something big in mind, a secondary surprise, like the Nexus Two or the Tab, something with Gingerbread possibly, whatever, and they hyped the thing up accordingly but as the date got close the engineers said Woops sorry we screwed up on this or that so they just played up this ticker thing and had an open bar.

    Or maybe they calculated that this ticker phone was revolutionary enough to strike the masses, the general consumer population, as nifty and fitting for such an unveiling, and because we are disproportionately phone-nerdy we disapprove disproportionately.

    Or they just suck with their underwhelming (to say the least) unveiling and their plasticky cheapness and their Bing on Android garbage and VZ Navigator and being too lazy to update their horrible contacts app to bump up to at least 2.2.

    Hype-build-up credibility diminished, needless to say. I suppose I’m just glad that Google’s name was for the most part absent from this. I want an apology.

    Hey, is Samsung the chief offender, not counting China, of producing Android phones with Microsoft woven in? If so, perhaps that’s because of their WP7 operations, their coziness with MS, and not Verizon playing much of a roll in that?