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Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review
Do you remember the Samsung Beam? We know you don't. Announced in 2010, it was Samsung's phone with built-in projector. But it was bulky and it launched in just a few countries. So it wasn't really a success.

Fast forward to 2012. Here we have the new Samsung Galaxy Beam. The second generation projector-phone is way more pretty. And better. Although it is not skinny, it is pretty normally sized (it is half inch/12mm thick), considering its 4" screen (480x800 resolution). 

Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review
Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review
Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review
Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review
Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review
Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review


The projector (the key feature) is also improved, and now has 15 lumens of output, as compared to 6 lumens for the predecessor. To explain the difference, in a dark room, the new model can display decent picture of size up to 50 inches - and the quality is absolutely usable. You can of course make it bigger, but at the cost of image quality (brightness/contrast). So 50" is quite fine. Resolution is not HD though, but nHD - 640x360. So forget about high-definition home theater with the phone used as the projector. Still, it is good enough for movies or presentations on the go. 

Its phone specs are decent as well. The screen and the 5-megapixel camera with 720p video may be mid-range nowadays, but we can't blame it. It is a projector-phone, not your next high-end phone. It is a quad-band GSM with dual-band European HSDPA device. Samsung noted that this one is expected to launch in many markets, unlike its predecessor. Still, we don't see it going mainstream, at least not at this moment. And there is no information on a U.S. version. 

So tell us guys, do you want to have a projector in your phone and will you consider buying such a handset?

Video on the ceiling

Video on the ceiling

Presentation on the wall - Using the projector in a dark room

Presentation on the wall

Using the projector in a dark room





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posted on 26 Feb 2012, 18:43 1

1. Birds (Posts: 957; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is what I was the most excited for. Can't wait for the actual review.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 18:49 9

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if those pics are not doctored, that is way brighter than i thought it would be.

would i buy it? if it were attached to an SGS3 maybe :)

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 18:58 2

3. Birds (Posts: 957; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I wouldn't. I have no need for the projecter but I would buy the Experia P. It has similar specs.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 19:39 2

4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Good comment. The photos show the projected image brighter than in real life.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 20:37

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i dislike that you cannot hold this phone with two hands (landscape) while projecting.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 07:20 1

21. choupino (Posts: 64; Member since: 28 May 2011)


Then you would have no free hand to pull your pud... Are you serious Dude??? They give you a way to project images on a wall, with a cellphone that you can lay on a flat surface & you complain that you "dislike" the device because you would prefer to stand there like a moron for 90 minutes to project a movie onto your wall... Oh yeah... I almost forgot... "In Landscape mode"... Lol

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 00:32

6. PhoneLuver (Posts: 462; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


It's a good start I guess. Although I don't know how practical it will be in real life.
Personally I would prefer a peripheral device..

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 02:30

7. marcool (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I would use to watch a film on a plane or in the train. It would probably work well on the tray. If not you can always pin a sheet of white cardboard on the seat in front of you. If there is no one in front you, screw you, you must be in business class...

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 03:33 8

8. shadez10 (Posts: 395; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


a new way of watching porn on mobile... ahahahha... xD

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:54 2

15. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


makes the work bathroom a whole new place to be! "why is john always in the john?"

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 07:21 2

22. choupino (Posts: 64; Member since: 28 May 2011)


John: "Sorry Boss... I'l be right out!!!"... (fap fap fap fap fap fap...)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:30

10. RamyAbdelbadea (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


good mobile but will not have a big sales .. but i like it

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:23 2

11. jay96 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


i think id b better if u could move the projection camera ( like flip it open)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:34

12. -box- (Posts: 3706; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


All phones should have this as an optional add-on, perhaps as part of an enhanced battery pack so it sits flush with the phone and can be removed when unneccessary

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 21:32

14. Hmong_Xiong (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


This'll be great when the wife bans you from the tv!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:54 1

16. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


will suck battery like no tomorow i bet!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 21:13

17. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


good for watching youtube vids with friends

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 11:01

18. galbert1555 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


gigity--- mobile porn... made better.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:18

19. Griff (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


I think this is the future of phones right here... not yet... but coming. We will eventually have an all in one device that does everything. We will no longer need TV's, remotes, laptops, Camcorders, Cameras etc. It will all be built into one single device. When they are able to produce a solid HD projecter small enough and bright enought enough to fit into a phone, with the right battery, you won't need a television. You download movies or tv shows right to your phone and project it onto your wall in HD.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 02:37

20. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Samsung made Beam a couple of years ago but it didn't work. If my memory serves me well it was announced along with Wave.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 01:56

24. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


yes, and i also have been wondering why the original one did not share the same hype as this one.. maybe because of the OS?

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 07:33

23. kcruzader (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


Doesn't really workout...!!!!!!!!

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