Samsung’s latest projector smartphone called as the Samsung Galaxy Beam is nothing but a standard Android handset. Galaxy Beam is unique primarily because of its built-in projector and the fact that a projector smartphone isn’t common. Moreover, the Galaxy Beam runs on Android 2.3 and is upgradable to Android 4.0. On the inside, it’s got a 1 GHz dual-core processor.
The specifications of Galaxy Beam’s projector reveal that this 15-lumen projector and bulb can shoot a 640 × 480 image up to 50 inches diagonally. It can last 20,000 hours on usage of every day for many years. Besides, it is very slim, has a 4.0 inch screen, 8 GB expandable storage, 5 megapixels camera and a fantastic 2000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Beam is probably just what the business people need while on the go. One can forego the issues of carrying an actual projector if they have this device on their disposal. Its size, weight and overall compactness are truly a boon for them. the handset is a rare offering, just one of its kind.[ + ] Read Samsung Galaxy Beam Review
Samsung Galaxy Beam has physical dimensions of 124 mm x 64.2 mm x 12.5 mm and weighs about 145 grams. It is equipped with a 4-inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels.
It runs on Android v.2.3 (Gingerbread) on its 1GHz dual-core processor. Though, it isn’t a quad-core smartphone with fancy stuff but its design is an engineering marvel. Sadly, Samsung Galaxy Beam isn’t a quad-core smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich. Yet, its ergonomic design is something really admirable. Despite of a built-in projector, the Galaxy Beam measures only 12.5 mm in thickness and is solid. The user-interface of the phone is designed to help in the projector use and there are some dedicated apps which specifically help in projection function.
Samsung Galaxy Beam is designed with a projector not just to facilitate work but also to meet one’s entertainment demands. Those who wish to view photos, videos and various other things on a bigger platform can use the Samsung Galaxy Beam’s "projector-dedicated application". Using that one can beam all this content and have fun.
There are also multi format audio music player, speakerphones and 3.5 a/v jack in the phone. It also enjoys DNSE (Digital Natural Sound Engine) support for a commendable audio quality.
Samsung Galaxy Beam has dual cameras. One is a 5 megapixels camera and the other is a VGA camera. The camera features geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and has the potential to click 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution pictures.
Samsung Galaxy Beam has 8 GB of storage built into it and is expandable up to 32 GB via a microSD slot. It packs 768 MB of RAM. These specs are poor as against the most flagship phones of 2012. Yet, at least the phone has a microSD slot for extra storage.
Samsung Galaxy Beam requires a lot of energy to set its projector. Besides, the projector uses a lot of power to do its job. As such, a standard 2000 mAh capacity battery is situated inside to take care of all this. It permits quick projection and enable up to three hours of projection time. The phone can also keep working throughout the day.
The connectivity options available on Samsung Galaxy Beam are WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth v.3.0 with A2DP and microUSB v.2.0. Social networking integration with live updates, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, GTalk, image editor, organizer, voice memo/dial, ThinkFree Office Mobile document editor and Swype comes along as the additional stuff.
Samsung Galaxy Beam, as evident, is an offering for the professionals. The messaging needs of such people are also high and as such the phone comes with every possible way to keep them connected. There are SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email and IM like messaging features that one can use on Beam. Swype (the predictive text input feature) is an additional advantageous feature that helps in quick typing.
Samsung Galaxy Beam operates on GPRS/EDGE class 12 connections of 2G GSM network. The high speeds of 3G HSDPA network are also a possibility. One can browse using the HTML browser and attain maximum download speeds of 7.2 mbps on 3G network.
Samsung Galaxy Beam is an Android smartphone and thus all the standard apps and games can be downloaded from the Android Market on this device. Some games that can specifically be enjoyed after projecting them on a ceiling or wall, would be fun to play.
What goes in favor of Samsung Galaxy Beam is that this device is a pioneer in its sector. The mobile technology is evolving and this one is just the beginning. With improvements in technology happens, we feel that better smartphones with built-in projector will launch.
By that time, whosoever is looking for a projector phone, Galaxy Beam is just the right answer. The Samsung Galaxy Beam has a dedicated projector user-interface also along with a dedicated button. This helps in activation or shutting off the projector instantly. Using this app, one can display current screen, PowerPoint, picture or movie files directly. It’s indeed a pleasing experience for the enthusiastic professionals.
Samsung Galaxy Beam has a rationally massive 4” super AMOLED display with a standard resolution of 800x480 pixels and 1GHz dual-core processor unit. Other goodies include dual cameras, 2000 mAh battery support, expandable memory and Android Gingerbread as the operating platform.
The fact that Samsung has brought out something as unique as a projector in a smartphone isn’t exciting if that doesn’t work well. It is not a JAVA operated feature phone with a projector but projector in Samsung Galaxy Beam yet doesn’t deliver enough. This 15 lumens projector requires a very dark room for projection. This can’t cope with the slightest bit of light. To read something on a screen 50 inches big, one encounter troubles at a distance more than 4 feet. The projector has a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels only.
Another disappointing aspect is absence of Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the Galaxy Beam.[ - ] collapse
Samsung Galaxy Beam General
Samsung Galaxy Beam Standard Battery Features
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 2000 mAh|
Samsung Galaxy Beam Camera Features
Samsung Galaxy Beam Sound Settings
|Ringtones||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
Samsung Galaxy Beam Connectivity Options
|2GNetworkBands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3GNetworkBands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|3G Network||3G, HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
Samsung Galaxy Beam Additional Features
|JAVA Type||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|