Big screen, anywhere: 8 small and portable projectors for smartphone use


Remember the LG eXpo or the Samsung Galaxy Beam? We can't blame you if neither of the two names rings a bell. Both phones had their own, tiny projectors that could mirror whatever was shown on screen onto any surface. In plain words, you could literally watch YouTube videos on the ceiling while lying on the couch at night! Alas, the whole projector-on-a-phone concept failed to gain traction among consumers, which is why these two models have been largely forgotten by now. 

Then all of a sudden, a couple of phones brought back to life the idea of pairing a phone with a projector. We're talking about the recently announced Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The Moto Insta-Share, as it is called, is a modular projector attachment made especially for these two handsets. At $300, it isn't cheap, but it can throw a 480p image up to 70 inches in diagonal onto a nearby wall. This easily classifies as awesome in our book. 

Now, we don't know whether smartphone projector attachments will become the next big tech trend once the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are released. What we do know, on the other hand, is that you can get a small, portable projector right now, and it is going to work with most of today's popular smartphone models. Here's a bunch worth checking out. 

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5 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Kinda cool. Bigger picture then a tablet. Hmmm?

2. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Rather have it built into the phone like the Samsung Beam or Lenovo Smart Cast Projector phone with laser projector built in. The previous attempts failed to gain traction because they were expensive, battery life was poor, and/or other specs were underwhelming. But, today I think its possible.

3. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

how come didn't show MP-CL1 mobile projector from Sony?http://www.sony.com/electronics/portable-projectors/mp-cl1

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I doubt it was anything malicious. They probably either forgot about it or didn't come across it.

5. TerryTerius unregistered

I might have to pick up that Spro 2. Impressive little thing. I imagine it will come in handy.

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