Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on Review

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). 

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?

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Galaxy Beam
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

4. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

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

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

21. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 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

6. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 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..

7. marcool

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 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...

8. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

15. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

22. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

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

10. RamyAbdelbadea

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

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

11. jay96

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

14. Hmong_Xiong

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

16. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

will suck battery like no tomorow i bet!

17. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

good for watching youtube vids with friends

18. galbert1555

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

19. Griff

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

20. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

24. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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?

23. kcruzader

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

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

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