Samsung's Galaxy Beam projector-phone goes on sale in UK

It does not appear that any networks have picked it up yet, but Samsung has announced the UK release of its high-definition smartphone-slash-projector

Samsung has released the new version of the Galaxy Beam smartphone, which has a built-in projector, in the UK.

The handset can cast high-definition content onto a wall or ceiling at a size of up to 50 inches. Its current iteration was first shown off in February, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung's Galaxy Beam has gone on sale in the UK. Image credit: Josh Miller/CNET News

"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," Samsung UK and Ireland vice president Simon Stanford said in a statement.

A first iteration of the device was unveiled in 2010. The update brought a larger screen, measuring four inches rather than 3.7 inches. However, the device still carries what is now a very outdated version of Android, 'Gingerbread' 2.3.

The 145g smartphone runs the OS on a dual-core 1GHz processor, and also features a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal memory.

Samsung did not announce any official UK pricing for the Galaxy Beam, nor did it say which networks, if any, will be carrying it. 

At the time of writing, none of the major operators' websites showed the Beam on offer. Various independent online retailers are offering the smartphone for around £400.

UPDATE (2.45pm): The handset is available on T-Mobile and Orange through Carphone Warehouse, with the cheapest deal involving a free device and a £31 monthly contract.

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