Samsung Continuum and Motorola CITRUS Heading to Verizon this Month

Thanks to a leak of some internal Verizon Wireless screenshots, the Samsung Continuum and Motorola CITRUS now have an expected November 11th release date. Both smartphones are Android OS powered and the leak reveals some of their specifications. Ready for two new holiday smartphones?

Samsung Continuum (Galaxy S i400)

Samsung’s newest Galaxy S series smartphone, the Continuum i400, packs a unique feature: a second display. The smaller display sits right below the larger one and will be used for quick alerts without draining the battery. Both the larger and smaller screens (3.4” at 480 x 800 WVGA and 1.8” at 96 x 480 ‘ticker’ respectively) are SUPER AMOLED.

Android OS 2.2 ‘Froyo will be sunning on the Continuum and the smartphone will pack a 1 GHZ processor. The rest of the specs are what you would expect in a Galaxy S, and it can do 720p HD video recording. An 8 GB microSD card will be included for storage. What is interesting is that Samsung’s TouchWiz 3 interface will be on the device, running on top of Froyo. Given that the release of Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ is right around the corner, I wonder how Samsung will handle the update. Hopefully it is not a bungled mess like the company has managed find itself in with its update to version 2.2 on some of its Galaxy S smartphones.  

Motorola CITRUS

Motorola’s CITRUS is definitely a change of pace from the Continuum.  Motorola is targeting the entry level smartphone market (what used to be the feature phone range) here. Android 2.1 ‘Sinclair’ Eclair comes on the CITRUS and the phone has a 320 x 240 QVGA touchscreen. The CITRUS, being an entry level device, is only coming with a 2 GB microSD card for storage. A 3 megapixel camera is included.

This smartphone will be perfect for those looking for a good, basic smartphone experience. Unfortunately, the fact that Android 2.1 is on it means no Adobe Flash 10.1. That might be a deal breaker for some but how many new smartphone purchases will specifically look for the feature? Hmm.

Let me know what you think of these two models coming to Verizon soon. Either of them catch your eye? Samsung is putting a lot of Galaxy S smartphones onto the market and even branding its tablet as a Galaxy S. An iPod touch competitor Samsung has even goes by Galaxy S. This going to backfire? Motorola have the right idea with the CITRUS? Tell me in the comments.

** In regard to the comments, Android 2.1 is indeed Éclair and not Sinclair. While quite amusing when reading it now, this was an obvious miss on my part and the correction has been made. The real question here is, are you interested in the two devices from Motorola and Samsung?

Sean

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