Samsung Galaxy Beam is one of the nicest smartphones from Sammy. Samsung wanted to make sure and display the smartphone-pico projector in the best possible light. Taking a close look at smartphone and its unique properties certainly deserve another look. Can you find a reason to want an Android phone that’s also a projector, and kinda looks like a walkie-talkie?
The star of the show is recessed into the top of the phone: a 15-lumen projector and bulb that shoots a 640×480 image up to 50 inches diagonally. That’s a big image and lot much resolution to make it with, but at more immediate sizes (20-30 inches) the disparity isn’t quiet as noticeable. 15 lumens isn’t ideal for a conference room presentation, but for quickly sharing photos or videos it should be enough for most indoor situations. The lamp is rated for 20,000 hours of use – so if you were to run it 24/7 for every day of the average two-year contract, it would still have a few months left in it.
The rest of the hardware is rather pedestrian, evoking the original Galaxy S. A 4.0-inch AMOLED screen has 800×480 resolution, strangely higher than the projector itself. The rear camera is 5MP while the phone makes due with a VGA front-facing cam. For cramming a projector and a 2,000mAh battery inside the case, it’s a surprisingly slim at 12,55 millimeters – we’ll leave you to judge the choice of rescue raft yellow for the body accents.
It’s hard to think of a situation where having a tiny and relatively weak projector would be better than just passing the phone around, but it there could be a few. Some quick YouTube viewing at a party, displaying baby photos for those family member who are rich in years – it’s at least as valid an approach as connecting to an HDMI dock. We’ll see how the Galaxy Beam does when it enters the court of public opinion.
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