The oddest Samsung Galaxy phone of recent times is now available to buy in the UK. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is an Android smartphone that squeezes a pico projector into its body, capable of projecting images up to 50in wide. Great gadget or pointless gimmick?
Originally unveiled back in February at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is now available to buy. It costs just over £400 SIM-free, making it second only to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of pricing within the Galaxy series. Aside from packing-in the portable projector lens, the phone is otherwise a mid-range Android phone.
A dual-core 1GHz NovaThor processor powers the phone, and its screen is 4in across. Clearly a phone that cares more about its projector skills than its own display, the resolution is a mere 480 x 800 – pretty low for a screen of this size these days.
There’s something about having a projector in your pocket that’s a little bit exciting, though. It’s capable of blasting out 15 lumens of brightness – low for a projector, but pretty standard among its dinky pico brethren. Don’t expect good results unless you have a pretty dark room to project in. And while Samsung claims it can project HD images, it’s fudging the truth a bit – the phone may be able to play HD video, but the projector outputs at a distinctly less-than-HD 640 x 360 resolution. That said, we still kinda want one.
Other specs of the phone include a 5MP main camera with LED flash, 8GB of internal memory and an Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS overlaid with the Samsung TouchWiz UI. Given the phone’s nice appeal, it’s no surprise that it’s not currently on sale directly from any of the major phone networks. Look further afield, though, and you get one for free on contracts under £30 a month. This is the second “Beam” projector phone to join the Galaxy family, the first having landed back in 2010.