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Samsung shows off latest Galaxy Beam projector phone

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February 26, 2012

The Galaxy Beam is a smartphone with its own built-in pico projector

The Galaxy Beam is a smartphone with its own built-in pico projector

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Samsung has officially unveiled an updated version of the Galaxy Beam, a smartphone with its own built-in pico projector. The biggest feature of the phone as you might guess is its ability to project pictures, video, and other media onto walls, ceilings or any other flat surface via a 15 lumens projector that Samsung says can display images up to 50-inches wide.

Samsung originally showed off the Galaxy Beam at Mobile World Congress in 2010. At the time, the Android handset was only slated to make an appearance in Singapore. This year's announcement brings an updated version of the handset sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and while release details have yet to be announced, the phone will likely be available in a few additional countries.

The 2010 version of the Beam came running Android v2.1, had a 3.7-inch screen, and a 9 lumens projector. The updated 2012 version shown off at Mobile World Congress 2011 comes running Android v2.3, has a 4-inch screen, and comes rocking a much more powerful 15 lumens projector.

The projector is the stand-out feature of the phone. Beyond that, you're looking at your standard run-of-the-mill Android handset. The phone has a 5-megapixel built-in camera, and has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, and a 2000mAh battery.

Samsung has yet to announce pricing or availability for the 2012 Galaxy Beam.

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Technology for technologies sake. Bad thing is, this doesn't really constitue an advancement in technology. What good is a 50 inch wide projection if it is coming from a 15 lumen source and crippled by a lens that is so small as to be laughable when compared to a normal projector system.

Of course the manufacturers have their consumers pretty well pegged. All they have to do is make a new product an enigma for a few months, stick a cool sounding name like Galaxy Beam on it and claim improvements, however slight, over the previous model and presto!, they have a best seller.

Rt1583
26th February, 2012 @ 08:03 pm PST

I agree with rt1583

exactly who needs this?

Anyone with the serious need to project will carry around an actual micro projector

so this is just a boy toy and hope it does not cost more than 10 bucks for that added projector into the cost of the phone

3razer
27th February, 2012 @ 06:07 am PST

I love it. I'll take one.

Electrothump
27th February, 2012 @ 10:28 am PST

Re: above two comments..remember when the phone was a simple device for only making calls? not anymore, unlike you I think a projector could be useful when fully developed for watching movies or stills. Not for everyone agreed but good when travelling or even showing to several viewers at once. Phones are now moving to five inch screens for better viewing so even a 15 or 25 inch projection would be a big improvement. Power consumption is the problem not the lens, until that is solved it will remain a novelty.

dgate
27th February, 2012 @ 11:26 am PST

We used this the other night to watch some home movie shots & it was unbelievable!

I'm thinking about adapting this to teaching English to non-native English speakers, the portability & low price are revolutionary.

Ra'anan
27th February, 2012 @ 03:01 pm PST

dgate, I can certainly understand and years from now a phone may put out a fully useful video projection

and I also agree that tech must start off somewhere

and 10 bucks more is all it should cost in the nascent stages :-)

3razer
27th February, 2012 @ 04:37 pm PST

Pico projectors alone don't have powerful CPUs, inbuilt network connections, GPS, accelerometer, gyro, cameras, USB, bluetooth, and so on.

Come on guys - you're all Gizmag readers - surely the amazing potential for a interactive projector with all these sensors etc can't have escaped you all?

Add a kinect or Wii controller to the mix, and it gets even more interesting (portable, and mobile interactive whiteboards!).

christopher
27th February, 2012 @ 05:56 pm PST

I have one I bought overseas and it works very well, not Samsung though and just a little over $200.00.

Richie Suraci
27th February, 2012 @ 05:59 pm PST

You are looking at the early steps for replacment of your laptop computer ! Once a forward facing projector for a keyboard is added along with more computing power these things will become the true mobile computer,phone etc etc.

John Findlay
27th February, 2012 @ 07:14 pm PST

15 Lumens is quite bright, so I'm assuming it will be using superbright LED technology, which I know for a fact can get quite hot and draw quite a bit of current at that kind of brightness. So I can't see the batteries lasting long enough to watch a feature length movie, maybe just short youtube videos. The projector keyboard would be a really useful idea, so on the train or plan you could write on any flat surface at your disposal.

Yer I know what samsung are trying to get at, making it easier to share motion pictures and pictures, but why not share them phone to phone?

Jugen
2nd March, 2012 @ 12:47 am PST

I disagree with any negative connotations with regard to it's application in any capacity, if one finds its silly or in-applicable; that opinion is based on your singular point of view; very limited. I can see this being used for a last minute demo of a presentation be it last minute, random or just to appear on top of things. I can also see it being useful for my kids, camping trips, when short a tv visiting somewhere or sharing pics to many vs a cell screen. Thus I snuffed your nays in my single point of view; we advance by thinking, not limiting and nay saying, get a life and grow, or just be a weed as you seem and choke someone else by stifling their growth. How very droll

Joe Urbina
14th March, 2012 @ 02:10 pm PDT

Thank you Joe Urbina. Well said . Its a cool phone, i think, :-). Have been waiting for it, for close to 2 years. Almost fed up with waiting.

Sangwani J. Nkhwazi
19th March, 2012 @ 02:06 pm PDT

i want one in a dark room my full horror movie collection on a micro sd i only watch horror movies in the dark any how. would be great with a netflix acount and a good portable speaker you esently have a 50inch plazma in your pockect why wouldnt you want one i plan a midnight screening of a good horror on halloween somewere realy creapy with the beam

Liam Collinson
11th April, 2012 @ 03:11 pm PDT

I used to have a Sharp projector which was able to output only 15 Ansi Lumens. This was enough to shine a video on a wall in a perfectly dark room and get a 7 METRE image.

Don't knock 15 lumens... it's more than good enough for dark places. In light places just reduce the image size and it will probably work OK.

I've been keen on something like this for years.

Is it using an LED or laser as the light source?

What does it use to create the image? MEMS, LED or DLP?

Michael Czajka
14th April, 2012 @ 07:23 am PDT

What's with putting Android 2.3 on a phone in 2012? It should have Android 4.

Gregg Eshelman
2nd January, 2013 @ 06:38 pm PST

Add LEAP into the mix and that projection onto the wall becomes really interactive.

The projected keyboard idea, I'm not sure about.

I'd rather a detachable phone screen cover that can stretch and have raised bumps for keys.

Seth Kazzim
18th March, 2013 @ 07:50 am PDT
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