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Samsung Galaxy Beam announced, smartphone meets projector

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Samsung Galaxy Beam announced, smartphone meets projector
So, imagine having a 50-inch display that fits inside your pocket. Sounds like an idea belonging to the realm of sci-fi movies, right? Well, the new Samsung Galaxy Beam Android smartphone makes that possible with its built-in projector. With a brightness output of 15 lumens (as compared to the 6 lumens delivered by its predecessor), it should be able to display high definition images up to 50 inches wide.

However, just because it is basically a smartphone and a projector fused together, doesn’t mean that the Samsung Galaxy Beam is unbearably bulky. It is 12.5 millimeters thick, which is still within the acceptable range for a modern smartphone. If you are curious about its hardware specs, the Galaxy Beam has a 4.0-inch WVGA display and a 1.0GHz dual-core processor. The 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on its back can capture 720p video at 30 frames per second, and the 1.3-megapixel camera is ideal for video chats. There are 8 gigs of on-board storage expandable via microSD cards, and a 2000 mAh battery ensures that you don’t run out of juice while projecting last night’s photos on the wall of your living room.

The Samsung Galaxy Beam will be shown off at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, so if you would like to learn more about it, stay tuned to our coverage.

source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Beam announced, smartphone meets projector
Samsung Galaxy Beam announced, smartphone meets projector
Samsung Galaxy Beam announced, smartphone meets projector

The Samsung Galaxy Beam
The Samsung Galaxy Beam
The Samsung Galaxy Beam

The Samsung Galaxy Beam


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posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:22 7

1. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Now this is the phone I really wanna see in action. That projector concept is awesome if it delivers what it is said to do.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:31 8

2. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Hey this was an lg phone you would probably saying things like
The ui looks ugly
The design is ugly
It's lg
Never gonna buy lg.
Its gonna lag.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:33 1

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


Can it be? I totally agree with Jericho.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 13:28

32. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


word?

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:34 1

3. twens (Posts: 668; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


samsung should patent this feature....no company should implement dis feature ever in their phones...lol

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:15 3

24. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


If you want to stop innovation and be a rotten apple, then patent it. Luckily Sammy is the anti-apple

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:40 5

4. StreetNerd (Posts: 707; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


They had this 2 years ago at MWC 2010?!

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:53 3

7. Victor.H (Posts: 441; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Samsung had a terribly buggy and slowish Galaxy Beam unveiled back at MWC 2010. It was able to actually mirror what you see on your device, and now it seems the dual-core processor will take care of performance. It was also crazy expensive as far as I remember.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 04:01

9. Daniel.P (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


The new Galaxy Beam has a 15-lumen projector, while the first one had 6-lumen only. Brookstone was selling a 15-lumen Pico projector that attaches to the iPhone, so that might be the same one, just built-in...

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:11

22. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


was the Pico any good? ive never seen any of them in action, but i just cant imagine that they would be all that awesome.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 12:42

31. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


when i saw things like the pico they worked extremely well at night, like playing a youtube video before bed, but the 15 lumens wasnt enough to display a good image with any light in the room. so i guess its kind of a night time thing

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 08:20

35. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh.. yea.. another reason to play with your phone in the dark huh. lol.

great, so now i can stream porn to any wall at any time.. errr.. i mean.. a movie. lol.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:44

5. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


lg expo!

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:51 7

6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Quick Quick patent it Sam before Apple find about it!

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 04:02 2

10. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


You are SOOOOO right !

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 07:34 2

20. quakan (Posts: 1199; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


You would never see it in an Apple device anyways. Apple wouldn't kill their sales like that.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 03:54 1

8. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


apple never gonna put a projector on their phone their creative.
Although they will patent it through money because everythings got a price.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 04:10 4

11. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Haha yeah they are creative ! :D:D:D:D (rofl)(facepalm) !

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 13:30

33. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


They created MMS and Slide to unlock, riiiiiiiiiiiight? I mean, they did o it first, riiiiiiiiiight?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 08:11

34. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Slide to unlock is not their ! It's invented in 2005 by one comany , I don't remember the name but ! That's why the "slide to unlock patent from apple was denied !

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:21

36. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


You sir, can not read between the lines and see sarcasm. -1000 internets for you sir.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 10:40 1

30. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


How is a built-in projector not creative?

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 04:37

12. bander (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


"and a 2000 mAh battery ensures that you don’t run out of juice while projecting last night’s photos on the wall of your living room." LOL I you r funny :)

and also this phone is interesting.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 05:05 4

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Great concept. I'm all for it. Now, if they could build a projector on the other end for a laser keyboard, like that "pen computer" concept some years back, we would truly have the next generation of computing at hand.

As it is, I'm staying excited at the direction the industry is shifting in. The roles of our devices are becoming blurred; it won't be long before we have pocket sized devices that fill every one of our daily computing needs.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:18

25. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Wasn't that on an old concept phone by Mozilla? Because if they come out with that phone that had like 3 projectors, one to project the display and 2 for seperate keyboards, I might ditch Android if it good specs

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 05:41 1

14. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I want a Galaxy Tab version.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 05:45 1

15. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


this is a far more convenient way of making the phone2pc concept... you don't need docks like motorola or asus...

just connect you BT keyboard and mouse, project the image on a wall and you have a great pc/htpc experience...

i wouldn't be surprised if their next generation of this device (MWC 2013) is in line with SGS3 (or even 4) specs and dualboots a Chrome OS...

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 05:51

16. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


i'm no linux bozo so i would love a dual boot of chrome concept

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 05:54 1

18. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


well, Ubuntu would be great too... how about a triple boot? :)

or even Windows 8... well, we can leave that to xda guys ;)

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:13

23. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats actually not a bad idea at all. i dont know how convenient it would actually be trying to find a good surface to place your "monitor" in real life, but it would be kind of neat.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:44

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


chrome OS needs a major overhaul to be functional on phones. the kernel is designed for a device with a hard keyboard.

i dont see the appeal in chrome OS anyway. what do boot times matter on a phone or tablet that is almost never entirely shut down anyway?

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 05:52 2

17. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


and why were you trying to be funny on this phone's specs page with
"Cons:
The huge dimensions allow it to be used as a brick replacement"

this phone is not bigger or heavier than some (still) high end devices like HTC Sensation!

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 09:05

29. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I agree.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 06:09

19. mercorp (Posts: 971; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


galaxy beam 3 should have a 3000 lumens projector that kills the most high end ones.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 07:41 1

21. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


3,000 lumens is about what you find in a 150 watt incandescent light bulb.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 08:36 1

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


I think the projector placement is awful. What if I want to hold it with two hands? Most of the media I would be projecting.is in landscape as well.

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