Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
We won't be dwelling too much on the TouchWiz 4.0 interface of our prototype Samsung Galaxy Beam unit, as it is the same that comes with each and every Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone from the manufacturer, and you can find our thorough review here.
Suffice it to say that it moves swiftly, powered by a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500 processor with ARM Mali-400 graphics. The Galaxy Beam has 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory out of the box.
Projector management software:
The handset sports a dedicated app for controlling all aspects of the projector, from focus through brightness, to the ability to use it as a torch, illuminating the scene in red, green, blue, or white with its LEDs.
Called simply Projector, the app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay, that lets you doodle with your finger on the phone's display, which comes very useful when presenting something with the phone in front of a wider audience, and you want to highlight a specific section of the image projected.
The shape that you've drawn can then be erased with your finger again. You can set the color of the line, as well as the eraser's thickness. The Quick Pad option also lets you call various types of pointers on the screen, and move them around with your finger, so you can draw the audience's attention to something on your slide in a more subtle way than drawing a circle around it, for example. You can bet that we loved the paper plane pointer type.
The paper plane pointer
The Projector app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay
Internet and Connectivity:
The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Galaxy Beam even on our non-final unit. There are no hiccups or delays while rendering even Flash-heavy pages, or when panning around, pinching to zoom or using double-tap.
The phone sports the minimum connectivity suite we've come to expect from Samsung's Android handsets, like 14.4 HSDPA download speeds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio and DLNA for media streaming, managed by the AllShare app.
1. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Some nice innovation there from Samsung,i wouldn't have use for the projector myself but there are many people in different job types who might. Only thing they might need to do is up the projected resolution but its impressive work so far.
Perhaps projector technology like this would innovatively appear as the 'ibeam' in the iphone in 2017
3. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
The original Galaxy Beam wasn't a hit in Singapore, so I'm curious to see how this will fare.
Anyway, that's great innovation there. Well done, Samsung. :)
4. hltechie (unregistered)
Typical Samsung smart phone... runs android... really fast... yada yada yada... wait it has a built in projector!? That's awesome! :D
5. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Sweet. I'd like higher resolution output, but still neat.
6. Wildmanfan (Posts: 238; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)
Another nice Big F#%K YOU goes to Verizon for once again, dropping the ball on this one. Damn it, I'm thinking about jumping over to AT&T because of this and the Note.
8. twens (Posts: 699; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
This will really be cool for watching porn with your girlfriend.
9. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I think this is unique. I wouldn't mind having this around an office or something. Oh what's our stocks you say?? Check the ceiling. ;)
10. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
How hot does this thing get is the question. Can I use it on projector for a half hour and then put it in my pocket, or is it going to burn?
12. xx19xx (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
Based on phone design basics, weather you play for 15 minutes or 2 hours it will get heated little bit and IMHO that expected due to projector but definitely not even near to too hot. BTW it will cool off in a minute after switching off projector :)
11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
What an awesome innovation from Samsung. Will be a life saver for those road warriors who must fly from one city to the next putting up sales presentations,lugging around these huge projectors,cables etc.
Now, let's start the countdown for the lawsuit from Apple claiming it's their idea...
13. b0g23 (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 May 2012)
hy, why the pictures presented here, at the properties, appear makes with the model nokia samsung GT-I9070 ?