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 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, 0.75GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.6
    Samsung TouchWiz UI


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