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Samsung Debuts Dual-Screen Galaxy Continuum

Over the last couple of weeks there's been a lot of speculation about the Nexus Two. First rumored to be a Motorola device, the rumors regarding a Samsung-made Nexus Two quickly became more prevalent, and with a Samsung Android event scheduled for this evening, it all seemed so convenient. Unfortunately, it was a little too convenient. Upon arrival, our hopes were dashed when we were asked, "Are you here for the Continuum event?" Darn! So it wasn't the Nexus Two we'd be hearing about but the already announced Samsung Continuum.

Still, there's a lot to be said for the Samsung Contiuum. After all, it is a dual-screen Android smartphone. What's not to love about that? Confirmed by Samsung and Verizon today, the phone boasts a 3.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen up top and a 1.8-inch ticker display underneath that. What's a ticker display? You know, we're glad you asked, because Samsung claims it's the first in the world.

The ticker display is essentially a preview display that allows you to view text message previews, updates like news and weather and the stock market without having to stop what you're doing on your phone. The ticker can be used to display news and weather, SMS message previews, RSS feeds, notifications and can also act as a multimedia controller if you want to continue to browse the web while you listen to music. It also plays a part in navigation, showing you the next turn or direction while you use VZ navigator up top on the main display.

So that's the ticker screen. Specswise, the rest of the phone is pretty run of the mill – nothing too special to report. The ubiquitous 1GHz processer; 8GB of SD storage (expandable to 32GB); a 5-megapixel cameral with 720p video recording; WiFi; Bluetooth; and 3G hotspot. Unfortunately it's shipping with Android 2.1, but Samsung promises that this will be upgraded "soon."  For those of you worried that that second display is going to deplete the battery, Samsung has a nice little 'grip sensor' set up. To check the time or your messages, all you have to do is grip the sides lightly and the ticker display will turn on, leaving the more battery-intensive AMOLED display switched off.

So there you have it. It's not the Nexus Two, nor does it ship with Gingerbread. Exclusive to Verizon, the Continuum is available from November 11 for $199.99 after a $100 rebate. Any takers? We're semi-impressed by the design but the specs are letting us down a little. And Android 2.1, what's that about? Wake me up when the Gingerbread is out of the oven.

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