The Samsung Galaxy Beam
is a rare bird - it’s a projector phone coming with a tiny yet powerful 15 lumen projector yet maintaining a relatively slim waistline and delivering mid-range Android performance. Good news about it is that it’s coming soon - the Galaxy Beam release date has been confirmed to be in April. The not so good news is that this currently only applies for the Indian market, and there’s no word whether the phone will reach the US.
"The device will be launched in India in April,"
a Samsung spokesperson confirmed negating earlier whispers about summer release of the handset. Rumors about the Galaxy Beam price it at nearly $500 off contract.
With the focus on the projector, the Galaxy Beam allows users to share pictures, videos and presentation on the go, with the image stretching out to 50 inches at maximum. The whole idea is an iteration over another Galaxy Beam smartphone released in 2010. This time, the projector is brighter and it compares well with basic pico projectors, even though most of them top it out in terms of brightness. We also know that the projector bulb lasts 20,000 hours, so it would be a while until you find yourself looking for a new bulb.
Apart from that, the handset features a 4-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and a rear 5-megapixel camera and front-facing snapper. The Galaxy Beam will sport Android 2.3
Gingerbread and Samsung stays mum on whether the handset will get updated to ICS.