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Samsung Galaxy Beam Projector Phone Launches in the UK

By - Source: The Verge | B 17 comments

Samsung's Galaxy Beam projector phone is headed for UK stores.

Thanks to the advent of smartphones, we've grown used to the idea that our cell phones can do a whole lot more besides just making phone calls. Now, Samsung is adding pocket-projector to the list of things its smartphones are capable of. The South Korean company is launching its latest Galaxy smartphone in the United Kingdom this week. Dubbed the Galaxy Beam, this phone is a bit different in that it also boasts a built-in projector.

 

Packing a 4-inch display, and a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the Galaxy Beam was a long time coming. First unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the phone boasts an 5-megapixel camera (720p recording capabilities at 30fps), 8GB of internal memory, a 2000mAh battery, and the ability to share content instantly via the Beam's 15-lumen projector. The phone is capable of displaying HD images and video up to 50 feet wide.

   

"We were delighted by the hugely positive response we received from both customers and media when we first announced the Galaxy Beam at Mobile World Congress back in February," said Simon Stanford, Vice President of Telecommunications & Networks at Samsung UK and Ireland. "It's the kind of device you won't find anywhere else – a high definition projector within a standard sized smartphone – and is great for people who want to watch movies, show photos to friends or need to give a presentation while they're out and about."

Unfortunately, the phone is let down a little by the fact that it ships with Android 2.3. Samsung hasn't mentioned much regarding software updates, either. The Galaxy Beam is available for free on contract with Orange and T-Mobile UK.

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    Parsian , July 31, 2012 4:17 PM
    innovative? perhaps, but crappy on battery. but then again, the chances are, you can connect it to your laptop while u r using the projection function.
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    tapnick , July 31, 2012 4:19 PM
    I find this pretty cool but not very practical. In my experience its pretty standard for companies to have tv/monitors/projectors in every conference room, so I don't see a huge business demand for it. As far as personal use finding a good spot to project on in the real world to enjoy a quality viewing would not be worth the trouble in comparison to just have a phone with an hd screen.
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    NightbladeXX , July 31, 2012 4:59 PM
    ya this looks cool but when am i ever going to use it? my gs3 sucks the battery when im watching on the phone's screen i cant imagine the projector being easier on the battery
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    falchard , July 31, 2012 5:34 PM
    I am sure Apple is getting ready to deny Samsung from releasing this product in the UK for violating its patent on non-piano black finishes on phones.
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    CaedenV , July 31, 2012 5:54 PM
    I could use one of these for work, but without powerpoint, or being sold in the US it kinda makes it useless to me.
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    megamanx00 , July 31, 2012 5:59 PM
    Kind of cool, but to be a high end phone it should really have a quad core by now :p 
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    hp79 , July 31, 2012 6:03 PM
    Battery will probably drain in less than two hours, and your phone is dead. (assuming projector is 5W, battery is 2000mah)
    This is almost as useless as the Nikon point and shoot camera that has a integrated projector.
    Making it worse, android 2.3..
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    eddieroolz , July 31, 2012 6:39 PM
    Not sure exactly what the use for these projectors may be.

    Also, Samsung isn't the first one to come up with this. Sharp has made an Android smartphone with projection in 2011, and Fujitsu has made a projector Japanese phone in 2009.
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    digiex , July 31, 2012 6:43 PM
    At least, its the first smartphone with a working flashlight.
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    ben850 , July 31, 2012 7:09 PM
    Didn't Apple buy a projection technology company along with their copyrights a year or two ago?
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    dark_lord69 , July 31, 2012 7:18 PM
    This phone is just like any pico projector.. it works in a pinch but doesn't have enough lumens to want to use it to watch a movie or something. Plus I'm sure it sucks the battery dry pretty quickly.
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    dark_lord69 , July 31, 2012 7:21 PM
    digiexAt least, its the first smartphone with a working flashlight.

    Ummm... no..
    My phone has a flashlight app and that app works on any blackberry with a flash on the camera.
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    teh_chem , July 31, 2012 8:27 PM
    Forget about putting a projector in a phone. How about advancing technologies to allow wireless tethering TO a projector, so you can just sync your phone and go?

    Who wants to look a a crappy image from a tiny projector, or deal with crappy battery life and unnecessary heat output from your phone?
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    kartu , July 31, 2012 9:02 PM
    This could become ubiquitous on business phones, even though attempt is likely to fail.
    Still kudos to Samsung fo trying to innovate.
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    deicided , August 1, 2012 4:24 AM
    tapnickI find this pretty cool but not very practical. In my experience its pretty standard for companies to have tv/monitors/projectors in every conference room, so I don't see a huge business demand for it. As far as personal use finding a good spot to project on in the real world to enjoy a quality viewing would not be worth the trouble in comparison to just have a phone with an hd screen.


    What about an important last minute meeting where a conference room/ meeting room isn't readily available which in most companies is a high possibility.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , August 1, 2012 7:15 PM
    I remember seeing an ad for projectors that you attach to the bottom of a smartphone. This was years ago, before every other person had a smartphone.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , August 1, 2012 7:19 PM
    I can see this being used most by sales professionals who need to make a pitch and don't have ready access to a full projector.