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Samsung Continuum for Verizon Appears, Has Odd Dual Screen Setup

You are looking at the next Samsung Galaxy S device called the Continuum (SCH-i400) which appears to be on its way to Verizon to either replace the Fascinate (review) or least satisfy the…2 screen needing…Android crowd.  Wait that exists?  Apparently Samsung thinks so!

According to sources at Engadget, this new device will have dual screens, with the bottom one acting as a ticker of sorts.  This ticker will show you notifications, weather, RSS updates, etc. and might even automatically turn on just by picking it up.  The benefit here is obviously its battery saving ability which would allow you to leave your big OLED screen off to check simple updates to your phone.

Here are my concerns.  The softkeys, which on the Fascinate were one of its major downfalls, are now in between 2 touch screens.  Talk about frustrations in the making?  Good luck finding those in a dark room on the fly.  And is it just me or does this device look like it’s about twice as long as the Droid X?  Time to bring back the JNCOs?  I’m not going to lie, this device looks ridiculously awkward, but maybe that’s just me!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention it’s filled with Bing.  And puzzle pieces.

More shots after the break.  

Thoughts?

Source:  Engadget, The Droid Guy

Cheers Phil!

  • Aguilacahc007

    has anyone ported the samsung weather widget app to motodroid? I really like it but it wont install w/o touchwiz

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    looks distracting to have something showing under my softkeys. whats happens when your using the regular screen? does it go off???? that would be annoying to have the same info showing under your soft keys. samsung… get a life… really.

  • Tmrhoades

    Just a setup for non-removable advertisements to run in my opinion. Got to get that merchant money right.

  • Shadowpunx

    i just cant believe you made a JNCO reference, brings me back to middle school

  • Lane252

    its not really two screens more like one with a divider in the middle that u cant touch…this one is lame and all of samsungs products seem toyish and not so well built this just sucks when is BIGRED gonna get a phone that has a forward facing camera

  • Stevaroo01

    It has always irked me that as soon as I buy a really cool new phone (or any other electronic device for that matter), that there is something tons better released immediately after that making me wish I had it instead. I got my Droid Incredible (my first smartphone) about two months ago and was afraid that it would be obsolete more or less right away. Well, so far it's safe. And from the looks of things, it'll continue to be at the top of the VZW Android mountain (perhaps with the DX) for quite a while.

    I haven't been at this Android thing for long yet, but I know one thing for sure… Google offers a lot of really cool and useful products/apps and Microsoft sucks at nearly everything! So, if VZW is going to start putting Bing on all of their new Android phones, those of us with the current line of Droids probably have the last of the good phones they have to offer.

    I sure hope I'm wrong!

  • Mdeamicis

    what has happened to samsung lately, first they screw us vzw nerds by shoving the 2 gigs of mem up ours sideways. and now this. looks like i'll be rocking my droid for some time to come.

    • blazingwolf

      That would be Verizon that made that decision not Samsung.

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    Ugh, why does Samsung always use that hideous launcher?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      who cares, Fede's work is better than anyone else's, and that's available for all phones

  • Thornfullessrose

    lets hope its an actual google galaxy s for verizon!…. WAIT! IS THAT BING SEARCH WIDGET IN THE FIRST PIC ABOVE? OOHH NOOO! WHY VERIZON WHY?

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    I don't like it! No sir! Not one bit!

    On another note, when are the phones that are actually impressive coming? Have yet to see one since the Droid X which honestly still wasn't all I was hoping for.

    • dadahead

      Yeah, I pretty much have to agree with this. I have an OG Droid and nothing has come along yet that makes me want to get rid of it. I like the idea of a 4.3″ or 4″ screen, but the DroidX wasn't enticing enough. So, I will wait until something awesome comes along. This phone ain't it.

  • Calculatorwatch

    I actually think the 2-screen thing is really cool. It reminds me of how awesome I once thought it was when I could read text messages on the outside screen of my flip phone.

    On the other hand it's a Samsung, it has that stupid puzzle piece OS, it's huge and the softkeys probably suck (why did touch-sensitive softkeys become so popular anyways? They're always annoying), and of course there's also Bing. So I'd say the cons probably outweigh the pros on this one.

  • Walter

    Verizon trying to place Bing on new Devices..Windows 7 phones & Iphone is coming with Bing! .. they trying to downplay Google.. This phone could be kool if the small window let's u reply to Text messages/ Email..
    But what's under the hood? We need Dual Processors or at least LTE capability..

  • mo

    its called innovation, glad someone is trying something different other than following apple.

    • Tgaglia1

      Putting a spork on it and using it as an optional eating utensil would be innovative too, but it doesn't make it a good idea

  • InvaderDJ

    Bing…

    **** you Verizon. I don't care that the phone comes with Bing preinstalled, I actually like Bing and occasionally use it when Google can't find what I'm looking for and their Android app is pretty slick.

    But this BS preinstalled with no other option to get Google on there as the default (IIRC) or remove it stuff can die in a fire. I hope this recent line of Bing phones and Verizon app stores flops and blows up in their face so they realize that they can't go back to the times where they disabled features and loaded phones up with crapware. I don't want Verizon's services or add ons I want them to be a dumb pipe that just pushes my data and calls reliably, and then go away like my ISP.

    They are basically treating the Galaxy S line like featurephones (not pricing them like one, but certainly showing a distinct lack of caring about them).

    My contract with them is over in the middle of next year and if this continues I will not hesitate to switch.

    • Mdeamicis

      i agree, vzw is ruining the google experience lately. i have test drivel all the androids to hit their shelves and if they do not have a kick ass up to date phone with a really nice screen and tons of memory by the time my contract i up, i will probably leave them for a better phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

        so what phone would you buy elsewhere? the Epic 4G, perhaps? Only phone that I could devise an argument for that is better than Verizon's army of Droids.

  • InfernoX51

    dumb.

  • sylent101

    That's stupid.. and could the Verizon logo be any bigger? Sheesh

  • Bobboman

    Wouldn't touch it with my crazy ex's hands…I like my droid just fine and samsung products are garbage.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      Its very sad that this is the highest ranked comment on this article, it’s the exact mindless drivel that i*hone losers like to spit out. I’d like to think us Droid people are more open minded and better people, but its comments like this that make me worry that maybe we’re one and the same… Now, its one thing to say “I don’t know if I like the length of this phone, it looks awkward” but saying “my phone is better than everyone else’s phones and everything this other company makes is garbage” only makes the poster look retarded (unless Apple is the company being bashed)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      Its very sad that this is the highest ranked comment on this article, it’s the exact mindless drivel that i*hone losers like to spit out. I’d like to think us Droid people are more open minded and better people, but its comments like this that make me worry that maybe we’re one and the same… Now, its one thing to say “I don’t know if I like the length of this phone, it looks awkward” but saying “my phone is better than everyone else’s phones and everything this other company makes is garbage” only makes the poster look retarded (unless Apple is the company being bashed)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Shanklin/100000620941274 Ryan Shanklin

    Keep on trying sammy…

  • 11knives

    Lame

  • andrew8806-zephyr

    I have played with it from a tester… the phone is slow and very sluggish.

    • andrew8806-zephyr

      Infact I played with it about 2 months ago… but the girl testing it for Samsung wouldn't let me leak it :(

      • kellex

        Oh really? So I'm guessing it was still on 2.1 then? Yikes.

        • mo

          wouldnt let him “leak” it, lets imagine this convo…ooo you have a new samsung device, may i leak it?
          no, no you may not.
          aww, shucks…

          mmmmhmmm

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163993649 Kierra Jones

    I admit that the new Galaxy S series of phones are made of awesome materials and have great features and are a great choice and addition to the Android series BUT they all come off a little cheap looking to me. shrug

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673759139 Jeremy Mastroianni

    “500 MILLION BIG ONES FROM M$ TO “BING” THESE = FAIL NO MATTER WHAT THE PHONE DOES

    • http://twitter.com/summerson Cameron Summerson

      On the left side of your keyboard, directly above shift and below Tab there is a button that says Caps Lock. Press it.

      • Skaguyy

        But…if he doesn't yell, how will we know his true feelings?

  • http://twitter.com/godofwar937 jeremiah robison

    It would just. Seem like a hassle to learn

  • JTE

    phone looks a bit awkward to say the least. Why wouldn't they put the soft keys in the second window?

    But as a sidenote, anybody ever play the spaceship game Continuum/Subspace? Was a great game back in the day. I think it might still be around, though it's probably down to less than 100 ppl online at any given time.

    I think this may have inspried me to boot up the PC and play some trenchwars!

  • jiggaman508

    kellex +1 for the jnco reference, lol, I think I still have a pair in my closet

    • kellex

      That heatwave pictures makes me laugh every time I look at it. Sort of an inside joke around here. :)

  • xFenixKnightx

    Failsauce

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1283671477 Ralph Trentacosta

    When will people realize they should turn the flash off then taking pics of phones. That erks the heck out of me when I am distracted by a big flash spot.

  • jeremytheindian

    With a chin like that Leno should advertise it.

  • bkj216

    So much fail, its hard to even comprehend it all. And didn't LG try that before? I gotta think there's a reason they didn't try it again

    • kellex

      Thats right! The Voyager or something right?

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        The Voyager was a flip open 2nd screen with a full keyboard – mine lasted me til my Droid X upgrade.

        Looks like the one you're thinking of is the Venus, mentioned by another poster.

      • Acalvillo5

        the vwnus* turrrrible phone

        • Acalvillo5

          venus**

  • bravoleader2

    Reminds me of the LG Venus I had once upon a time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

      So you were the 1 who bought that phone

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I saw one other person with it before. So there were at least two of them sold. Actually a really reliable phone, but basic.

        • Skaguyy

          Make it 3 people…fortunately mine died early on so I had an excuse to buy a new phone and pretend it never happened.

  • Michael_NM

    Dr. Droid said, “this device looks ridiculously awkward” I agree!

    I'll continue…uhm to not buy Samsung products! :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/colinvesper Colin Vesper

      Hey now… they make good TVs!

      • Anonymous

        True, I was trying to be punny. Edited to not disparage their TVs. :)

  • Cabarete007

    Very Odd indeed!

  • Tex

    First, and what an odd device!