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Surprise Samsung Smartphone Is Android-based Continuum

Yesterday was supposed to be the day where Samsung would launch a ground-breaking smartphone which some expected would be the Nexus Two; turned out that it was the Continuum, an Android-based handset that will be exclusively available to Verizon Wireless for now.

The handset has a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive toucshcreen with a 800x480 resolution and a second "ticker" screeen, a 1.8-inch secondary one which displays a range of information including incoming messages and texts.

The Continuum however comes with Android OS 2.1 rather than Froyo (although Samsung said that an update should come soon) and we're not sure whether Samsung has any plans to get Gingerbread on it at some point in the future.

Other features include DLNA compatibility and a 5-megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi, seven hours talk time, DivX/XviD HD video compatibility, 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM and 2GB onboard storage, microSD card reader and a weight of only 125g.

Customers will be able to preorder the smartphone for $200 after a $100 mail in rebate from the 11th of November in the US with widespread availability instores coming one week later.

Talkandroid has a closeup picture of the device here and one can notice that the navigation buttons are placed between the main display and the ticker screen.

Samsung has not given any details with regards to the processor speed but we expect that it is a runs at a lower speed than the 1Ghz Samsung Hummingbird found on the Galaxy S.

We expect to see the Samsung Continuum launched in the UK by early next year however we're not sure how the device will be positioned. The phone can be had for as little as £25 per month from T-Mobile, making it a rather tough product to challenge.