With the concept originally demonstrated two years ago back at Mobile World Congress 2010, Samsung has finally commercialised and revealed its Samsung GALAXY Beam smartphone with built-in pico projector.
Not to be confused with Android Beam, Google's implementation of Near Field Communication, this device's name stems from a rather impressive, built-in, 15 lumen pico-projector sporting a 640 x 360 16:9 nHD resolution. Samsung claims that with the device's large 2,000mAh battery, it's possible to achieve around three hours of projection time, with effective display sizes of up to 50 inches.
To place 15 lumens into perspective, this is either superior on on-par with other pocket projectors on the market, though frankly at 12.5mm the GALAXY Beam is one of the slimmer choices, which is exceptionally impressive when you also consider that it's a high-end Android smartphone with all the bells and whistles included.
Full device specifications are as follows:
|CPU||1GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9|
|Camera||5MP auto-focus with flash + 1.3MP front-facing|
|Connectivity||BT 3.0 + HS, WiFi b/g/n, MicroUSB, USB 2.0, 3.5mm Ear Jack|
|Display||4.0 inch 480 x 800 TFT|
|Projector||Up to 50 inch nHD (640 x 360 16:9) 15 Lumen display|
|Dimensions||64.2 x 124 x 12.5mm, 145.3g|
|Battery||2,000mAh (approx. 3 hours projection time)|
Currently the device runs Android 2.3 with no word on a 4.0 update for the future. We're also yet to discover the release date and pricing for this phone, though with any luck all will be revealed over the coming days at MWC 2012.