Samsung has officially showcased its latest Android smartphone the portentously named Continuum at a press event in New York.
Sammy’s successor to the huge-selling Galaxy S stands out in an increasingly crowded market for phones running Google’s OS principally due to its rather radical use of two touchscreens.
On the top/front of the device, you’ll find a standard but nonetheless rather lovely looking 3.4-inch Super AMOLED screen.
The bottom/back is home to a secondary screen that functions as a so-called “ticker” and which is reserved for notifications of incoming messages, missed calls and social networking communiqués. It’ll also bring you RSS updates, weather info and doubles as a control panel for the onboard MP3 player.
According to Samsung, the ticker, which can be lit up by squeezing a sensor fitted to the site of the phone, will be a boon in those moments when it’s considered a bit of a faux pas to be constantly checking your handset.
Other key features of the Continuum include a five megapixel camera with flash and 720p video capture, Android 2.1, AKA Éclair, and a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Onboard storage is a none too shabby 8GB, with scope to boost this by up to 32GB by adding a microSD card.
The phone is set to become part of the Galaxy family, but it's not yet clear whether it'll ever be granted a UK release.