Verizon's Samsung Continuum employs an additional OLED display for the "Ticker"
This article contains unofficial information.
It appears as though images of the rumored Samsung SCH-i400 Continuum have leaked indicating some impressive design elements that should prove to be innovative in terms of functionality. For starters, would can see in plain sight that there is going to be the addition of a secondary OLED display directly below the main one. Although it's displaying the time and date in the photo, which is being referred to as the “Ticker,” it's being reported to even display notifications, weather conditions, and RSS updates. On top of that, you'll be able to access most of the basic phone functionality without having to traverse through the normal interface.
The handset even looks to be yet another variant of the Samsung Galaxy S line of devices based on its branding from the image. Finally, Samsung Fascinate owners will undoubtedly be jealous because this one even packs a dedicated camera button and an accessible microSD card slot found on its side.
Samsung Continuum I400 Preliminary Specifications
1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
pretty much the way i see it is they slapped the capacitive Android Function keys a few centimeters up the screen...this is not a real user friendly design i think.
14. rmac (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Jan 2010)
This is definitely going to flop. For starters, if you use Android, typically your notification bar is at the top of the screen, therefore you are inclined to look "Up" at your notifications, not at the bottom of the phone. Second, if you're holding the phone in portrait form, without a physical keyboard, you're going to have to choke up and hold the phone halfway up, making texting more difficult. In landscape, you're going to have to stretch your thumb over a, what I'd assume is, touch-sensitive display, plus over the standard Android function buttons, making landscape texting probably much more uncomfortable, if not impossible without error. The phone appears to be much taller than other Galaxy S phones (note: appears), which would alienate existing designs for phone cases used today, meaning you're likely to have to purchase another one to accommodate the extra inches. Also, the screen shots above show the lock screen, which already has all of the information contained on the "Ticker" display below it, not only causing redundancy, but clearly using more energy to display the same information contained in the status bar. As you can see here, there are 3 locations for the time of day. Manufacturing another OLED display must make the phone less cost effective for Samsung to produce, tying up resources that could have been used in other products. Not to mention, this cost will be passed on to the consumer in one way or another. They should have put this "Ticker" screen at the top of the phone, replacing the UI and eliminating the stock Android status bar, but then again, they could have just extended the primary screen and written software to function as this "Ticker" screen. And on.. and on.. and on.. what were they thinking?
2. mel1911 (unregistered)
Pointless. That extra space could have been used for the primary display
6. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
then it would be the same exact phone as the fascinate. its called options, something different for people to choose from
8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, can't forget our stupid consumers, it'd be a shame if they got a Fascinate before this beast came out.
10. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Idunno. On the one hand, you have a point. On the other hand, you don't need a gigantic clock on your primary display, so you have plenty of room for other apps and widgets. If you're a media hound or web browser, this might not be the option for you. But if you want to cram as many apps and widgets onto your home screens as possible, this might come in handy.
3. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
This actually seems like a really cool idea, seems like a small way to help save battery. The dedicated camera button and micro slot on the side seem like good minor improvements as well. Now just to see how the specs differ, that's the deal breaker.
4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i think it would be more of a nuisance during normal use of the phone.
5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Well the specs can't really be higher than what the fascinate has...
7. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
the specs are going to be a bit lower. this phone is meant to be more of a budget droid ala LG ally or htc eris
9. angel510 (unregistered)
dang people are so picky... If you don't like it, then don't by it or put hate comments. I remember people said when the iPhone 4 leaked that it was ugly and the design looked out of date. but guess what, they still bought it.....
11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This is why this site is here. To look at and discuss cell phones. If you don't like that then don't read the comments.
12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
phonearena, why do you allow unregistered guests to comment!!!
13. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
If this is, indeed, a variant of the Galaxy S series for Verizon, I hope to God that BING isn't the default search engine. PLEASE!!!