Samsung Galaxy Beam: a projector/smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Beam: a projector/smartphone

Summary: Samsung has managed to build a pico projector into a mid-range smartphone without completely crippling either device — but compromises are inevitable.


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  • It's an enticing idea, a phone with a built-in projector. Imagine being able to give presentations without having to carry a notebook or a tablet and its associated cables, or rely on WiDi and other equipment at a client's office being in working order. All you'd need is your phone with a charged battery and a blank wall on which to project.

    That's what the Samsung Galaxy Beam offers, in addition to the usual Android smartphone features. It's available for £319 (ex. VAT) SIM-free from Clove Technology.

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  • Samsung has been pretty clever with the Galaxy Beam's build, whose design is by no means dominated by the projector component. A bright yellow band running all around the edge has the dual function of making the phone look a little different from the norm and attracting the eye away from the bulge that the projector lens makes in the top edge.

    The handset isn't a lot bigger or more unwieldy than other smartphones. At its thickest point, at the top where the projector sits, it measures about 15mm. Samsung doesn't include this in its specifications, preferring to quote the 12.5mm thickness of the two long and the lower short edges. This is slightly bulkier than you'd expect from a top-end handset, but it's unlikely to be a deal-breaker.

    The projector does affect the phone's weight, which is an above-average 148g — although, again, this is by no means excessive. The projector displaces the headset jack from its usual ergonomic location on the top edge to a potentially pocket-snagging spot on the left edge. Also, the SIM and microSD slots are covered bays on the left and right sides respectively, rather than residing under the battery cover.

    Image: Samsung

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, Mobility, Reviews

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  • ewww gingerbread

    Froyo FTW!
  • I wish they'd make a WindowsPhone one of these.

    It's a cool idea but not cool enough to overcome the crap android os.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Re: I wish they'd make a WindowsPhone one of these.

      Microsoft won't let them.
  • Hmmmm

    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
    • With this phone, the only other thing needed, will

      Be another camera lens for the 3- D Holograms, so that everyone in the room at you meeting will think you just beamed in a green goddess!!

      Unless there's some woman attending the meeting, then you might have to hold off on that one...

  • Apple slipping?

    Very clever, despite the limited utility. In a window-less conference room with plain, neutral colored walls a salesperson or a techie could have real impact. (Or carry a portable screen -- lots to choose from.)

    Not in the new iPhone -- Jobs would be furious! Maybe Samsung could cross-license it and get out of court.
  • Stick to what it's good at!

    I feel like the market for technology nowadays is too rushed to find the next big thing. They need to take a step back and focus on the quality of the product rather than just throwing some hybrid device into the market. The concept of a smartphone and pico projector is a good idea.... BUT, the specs of this small smartphone no where nears the power of the pico projectors that are out there. Basically rendering the pico projector effects in the first place. Places like aaxa technologies, acer, optoma should definitely try to work with these phone companies and combine their specialties to create a solid product instead of this trash pico projector.
    Dave Sherrill