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Samsung Introduces the Galaxy Beam – It’s a Phone with a Built in Projector, That’s Actually Pretty Cool

The other announcement from Samsung so far at MWC – aside from the disappointment Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) – is an interesting phone, to say the least. It’s called the Galaxy Beam and includes everything that you have come to expect from a smartphone now a days, but Sammie then packed a projector inside. That’s not a type-o. This phone actually has a real projector inside that can project video, pictures, or other media onto just about any wall or flat surface. Think about that for a second. Wherever you are with this phone, you can essentially beam a 50″ representation of your screen onto a wall. It’s tough to tell how locked up the feature is, but I’m just imagining what devs could potentially do with this.

Other than the projector, the Beam sports a dual-core processor, 6GB of RAM (that’s what the spec list says and has to be an error), 5MP camera, front camera, 4″ WVGA display, 2000mAh battery, and Gingerbread. It’s no HTC One X, but it’s not bad.

Is anyone even slightly interested? Projector, baby?  

Share the Fun with Samsung GALAXY Beam

February 26, 2012

Samsung’s projector smartphone offers unforgettable shared experience for playing multimedia content anytime, anywhere

Barcelona – February 26, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced Samsung GALAXY Beam, the projector smartphone that allows users to display and share multimedia content anywhere on a large luminous projector screen.

GALAXY Beam lets users spontaneously share photos, videos or other digital media with family or friends by beaming content stored on the device directly onto walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces, so that everyone can share the fun without the need to huddle around smartphone or pad-sized screens. GALAXY Beam’s ultra-bright 15 lumens projector allows users to freely share life’s memorable moments instantly and in crisp clarity, even in outdoor environments.

“GALAXY Beam provides mobile freedom, enabling a unique shared experience around digital content for everyone—anywhere and instantly—from a smartphone as slim and portable as any on the market,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“GALAXY Beam is a device borne out of Samsung’s insight and innovation, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers with products that let them express and fulfill themselves.”

Video clips, maps, business information, games – a whole range of multimedia content can be beamed instantly by GALAXY Beam on a crisp, high-definition projection up to 50’’ wide. The device features a projector-dedicated application which makes it easy to select content and activate projection in a few simple steps.

Add a dose of ambience or entertainment to a friends’ gathering by transforming any household room or outdoor deck into an instant mini home-theater, projecting full-screen video clips on a ceiling or wall for common sharing, at the touch of a button. Or capture your favorite holiday moments using the GALAXY Beam’s 5MP camera, then display a full photo slideshow to family members on a dining room wall while playing accompanying music straight from the device, so that everyone shares the experience.

For young users who depend on constant, immediate socializing of digital content and entertainment, GALAXY Beam introduces a new way of sharing. It becomes much more than a phone—a handy digital tool, deployable anywhere, which can add visual entertainment to a simple street gathering, set the mood for a small party, or simply turn life’s moments into something personally and immediately sharable. With GALAXY Beam, a birthday or anniversary party can be enlivened in seconds by sharing YouTube or Hulu music videos straight onto a ceiling or door. Likewise, students can collectively share videos or study-work in any dormitory room or student lounge, turning group study into a whole new interactive experience right from a desk table or from the palm of their hands. GALAXY Beam is also ideal for action-packed interactive gaming: Users can upload their own games or choose from over 1,000 games available via Game Hub, Samsung’s dedicated virtual gaming store, then project games to co-players or observers to turn gaming into an unbeatably interactive, shared experience. Additionally, GALAXY Beam is convenient tool for mid-sized business workers. An estate agent can beam images of candidate properties to customers as they tour them; or an architect can display draft concepts or designs to co-workers on the spot at a building site or public location.

Despite featuring a full built-in projector, the GALAXY Beam does not compromise on style or portability, measuring just 12.5mm thick and featuring an elegant, ergonomic design. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is powered by an impressive 1.0GHz dual-core processor, ensuring great versatility and a highly responsive user interface. An impressive 8GB of internal memory allows ample multimedia storage without compromises, and a powerful 2000 mAh battery ensures greater display power and content freedom.

The GALAXY Beam is exhibited at Samsung stand (Hall 8), Mobile World Congress 2012. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visitwww.samsungmobilepress.com.

  • http://twitter.com/Aizenmyou Aizenmyou

    Battery Life w/Projector on: 30 seconds.
    Joking aside, this thing would be very handy in business.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    It has
    768 MB RAM

  • Taglogical

    PICO projectors. Hot stuff. Saw one of these in a phone like… 5 years ago? Yes, I’m all for my phone being able to throw a 20-30″ HD picture in a lit room.

  • Sau Loong Low

    this phone already released here in Singapore last year(early 2011 or end of 2010). The Samsung marketing strategy is really very “creative”

  • Ashemo

    Nobody has fomented on the (only) 15 lumens? And they say you can use it outdoors. Yeah, at NIGHT. With NO MOON!

    • Ashemo

      (That’s supposed to be “commented.”

  • jdrch

    I’ve never wanted a projector on my phone, or with me at any time while on the go.

  • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

    I’m confused, DL. This is not the first phone with a projector built in (or available via a small attachment). Remember back in 2009 when LG released a projector phone on AT&T? Apparently you don’t. I even remember television commercials with a projector phone in them. In fact, TI has a whole web page devoted to cell phone projector phones!

    http://www.dlp.com/pico-projector/phone-projector/

    Not to mention that, but pocket projectors are readily available and have HDMI interfaces. So really any phone could quickly turn into a projector phone.

    So why the hype, DL? Why the hype?

  • tvsnatch
  • S Bosworth

    This phone has already failed twice before. Once while having the exact same Galaxy Beam name for the phone. I guess they’ll never learn

  • Sporttster

    Nice looking phone. Love the yellow accents. Yea, I’d buy it…

  • John Jenness

    Always a good way to entertain the kids with shadow puppets. Look…a butterfly. 

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    来看看,收啦

  • r0lct

    Continuum part 2, free in a month.
    Cool concept, doubt the implementation is going to be good, especially with the sacrificing of the other specs.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Totally useless. And I can already see people abusing this technology. {{-_-}}

  • JolleyMan
  • Artistan

    Ugly.

  • ddevito

    Not a huge fan, but it’s nice to see an Android manufacturer attempt differentiation amongst their product line, which I can’t say for most OEMs.

  • KleenDroid

    This will be great for all you kids! You will be the cool kid while you beam your girlfriends sexting pics on the wall at school for everyone to see!

  • belsonc

    Projector?  I barely even know her!

    • ponokyo

      I saw what you did there.

  • SecurityNick

    What’s the over/under on how long you could actually project something before the battery is destroyed?  Reminds me a little of this phone though:  
    http://pomegranatephone.com/

  • Jlmcclain1953

    Well after having a gnex, the last thing I would ever want is another samsung phone

    • fsfadfasdfa

      All you do is complain about the G-nex.   You are as annoying as Angelface

    • MKader17

      Are you running multiple user ID’s or is this a troll?

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    whats with the yellow border? and samsung is releasing way too many phones under the galaxy brand…takes away from the greatness of the SGSII as the average consumer will get all the variants mixed up IMO

  • Topsitee

    If they marketed it to Skype users this thing would be more attractive. I know people that skype all the time and having a 4 foot version of someone you want to talk to seems awesome to me. 

    • MKader17

      And you would have to stand directly over your phone to use the front facing cam to see them while it projected on the screen.

      • Smeckle

        I would think that having a video call that consists of staring at somebody’s chin/nostrils would take off really well.

        “Please go blow your nose.”

    • fauxshizzl

      But if you had the camera facing you for Skype the image of the person you are talking to would be on the ceiling..

  • marballe

    Projector in a phone? Not my thing… I can’t imagine the battery life either.
    My question to Samsung: can I get a smartphone that can microwave food? Lol. Jk.

    • chudilo

       Cell-phones already CAN microwave food if you concentrate and direct their output.

  • speraider430

    Micro Projectors are REALLY DIM fyi and can you realistically get more than 15min from this without  zapping your battery?

  • Justinmoser

    Looks like a cool phone, however, the yellow border on the phone is ugly in my opinion.

  • https://plus.google.com/104242241965716988815 boo Jay

    I would’ve considered if the phone weren’t so ugly, but I’ve come to expect that from Samsung.  Although it’s still ages better than an iphone.

  • Tweekex

    This has been done before..

    • http://facebook.com/nyvz9lyvz Jamison Harvey

       and it bombed then too

      • Tweekex

        Might work better with Android compared to Windows Mobile. But I still don’t see it taking off..

  • Lonny

    This is awesome. I’m going to bet that most of our sales people at work are going to want one to do sales presentations. 

  • Alex

    What about the lg expo???

    http://youtu.be/RJDRcqCMpW0

    • http://zero-commit.com/ Matt

      Thank you, I thought I was the only one that remembered this failing already

  • Kuboo99

    This and Ubuntu for android would be interesting. As long as you have Bluetooth peripherals you could just plop your phone down and be using a full PC.

    • trumpet444

      That’d be awesome, never thought of it that way. I think it (access to the projector) would be pretty locked down though. But then again, give this awesome community an idea, and before you know it someone has made it a reality

  • Plastic

    I just like the word “beam” I’d buy it for that.

    • Plastic

       Galaxy Beam, rather. The galaxy part only adds to it.

  • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

    So…I think this is actually a pretty great idea, and it could be really useful – but it has to go into a better phone!! This is just another case of an Android manufacturer rushing something to market when it’s not ready and doesn’t make any damn sense.

    If they put this in the next Nexus, that’ll be a) a phone worth projecting something and b) about how long it will probably take them to get the technology right so our phones don’t (figuratively) explode in our hands when we turn the projector on.

    • KevinC

      what are you talking about?  the phone isn’t even out yet, of course it’s not ready.

      • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

        /sigh

        What I mean is that I don’t think the projector tech will be ready when this phone launches, either. I am trying to consider the difference between what the projector would run like on this phone with its “meh” specs, vs. a top of the line phone coming out later.

        I worry that manufacturers are killing innovations that *could* be great by sticking them on less than spectacular phones, before the tech is ready. That’s all. There’s nothing here to argue about, I’m not trolling or criticizing, just thinking about things differently than you apparently do.

        • Evan Knofsky

          This is the second version, they have an older Android phone with a projector that only launched in Asia

  • srh12

    whomp whomp whoooommmmmmp. This whole thing baffles me.
    Dont they already make little attachments for phones to do just this? And why would you you ever need to be using a projector so often that youd want it built into the phone? Lets say youre a professor, or lecturer, or marketing or advertising specialist. Wouldnt you usually have…….a projector hanging around at least some of the time?
    “Hmmm I really need to shave my face all the time, how about I attach a large electric razor to my smartphone?”

    • Michael_NM

      Some folks’ smartphones are razors. :P

      • trumpet444

        bazinga!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000017250612 Alex Drum

    yay! so i guess they didn’t just cheat the galaxy nexus out of a good camera :D they are just being dumb in general and are putting 5MP cameras on a bunch of new phones!

  • Larizard

    Thought it was “Zzzzzz”? 

  • Roshan John

    This is awesome. I may be the minority here, but I often wish there was a way I could project media from my phone – presentations, movies, pictures, etc. The phone isn’t ready for me yet.. but give me ICS, 4G LTE, 8MP camera, gorilla glass, inductive charging, and a 720 HD screen, and I’ll sell my G-nex for it. 

    TL;DR – can’t wait to buy this phone. when it’s a different phone.

    • Justinmoser

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Spot on!!!

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      I don’t think Verizon will ever get it, so you don’t have to worry.

    • Google

      Yes but does it have an antenna?

  • benjewman

    it has 768 mb of ram not 6 gbs. that would be ridiculous

  • Michael_NM

    My dad always told me if I wanted an awesome home sound system, I should never consider an all-in-one set-up. That’s how I feel about phones, cameras, and (now) projectors.

    • srh12

      wise words. If you try to cram too many uses into one device, itll end up doing all of them poorly.

      • 0silentmage0

        A lot like those all in one printers out there. Instead of sucking hard at just one thing, it sucks at all 3

        • TC Infantino

          And yet, they don’t all suck.  I have a cannon all in one and it works great for scanning in pictures and printing documents or pictures.  Does it print out professional quality photo prints?  No, but then again if you expect an all in one printer that costs less than $250 to equal those $1000+ printers they have at the photo proccessing places then you are expecting WAY too much.

      • TC Infantino

        Or, they can do them all adequately.  Considering they are all right there in your hand, which is the whole point.  Convenience and accessability are what these pocket sized computers are all about.  Want a top of the line gaming system, spend $2000+ for a massive desktop system.  Want a camera that takes pictures as good as those you see in magazines, spend $2000+ for a digital SLR. Want a projector that can blaze an HD image onto a wall in bright sunlight, spend $2000+ for a briefcase sized projector.
        What all of those things have in common is that they are expensive and will not fit into your pocket. 

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      Jack of all trades, master of none

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HPPGVMQXLT2BGMD2MHYYQ3QOHA G.M

      Typically I would agree, however, if phones followed that tenet, I would still be carrying a calculator, a laptop, newspaper, stopwatch, video camera, picture camera, map, you get the point. The projector is probably not perfect and gingerbread on it is almost laughable, but it might be the future. For me there have been countless times when I am annoyed I have to connect my phone to a tv with a cable in order to play games or watch stuff. 

      • Michael_NM

        Fair enough. I don’t mind added software, but I could do without added hardware that takes up space and battery life. A camera for snapshots, mic, screen, & a speakers us all I want in a “phone.” :-)

    • MKader17

      This isn’t designed to replace your typical projector. Just like the cell camera doesn’t replace DSLR cameras.

      I don’t foresee Samsung releasing a ceiling mount for your HD theater, but for sharing things with people or maybe setting up an impromptu movie theater where you wouldn’t normally have one it seems great. 

  • -= )v(urphy =-

    Gingerbread? FAIL.

    • RumbaCembe

      I can project large images of food on the wall for the whole village!

      • Javissullivan

        That’s fuuuucked up lol

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Pretty cool… until you realize you most likely will never use it.

  • Ziang Chen

    Projects for 5 minutes then collapses

  • Cherniykot

    And the battery will last how long?

    • feztheforeigner

      Not very long while the projector is in use. Otherwise it’s the same as everything else (why would a projector make a phone have lesser battery life when it is not in use?).

      Sometimes people can be so stupid… o.O

      • http://twitter.com/PaulJWiss Paul Wiss

        No one ever said anything about it effecting battery life when the projector is off. Sometimes you can be so stupid… ಠ__ಠ

        • Fawzi94

          It’s okay, he’s foreign. 

    • Calculatorwatch

      How long are you planning to carry your phone around with the projector on? I’m sure it’s not a problem if you’re just sharing a couple youtube videos with friends but if you’re giving a presentation or something it seems reasonable to expect to have to plug it in. I guess that takes away from the convenience but still, it’s not like I always have a mini-projector with me whenever I’m near an outlet.

  • martyjones

    If it can’t project in at least 720p then it wont really be worth it.

    • SleekGN

      Agree, also it will be cool if it had an HDMI input (like to plug a PS3/XBox to it. Now that would be awesome. Imagine, turn on wireless tether, hook gaming device, and start playing online while been projected from your phone. My legs just went weak thinking about this idea.

  • Guest

    first