Samsung Galaxy Beam combines phone with projector

Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets just got a new addition to the family and this one is being made for people who want to show videos and photos on the wall in addition to the touch screen. Samsung's press release today announces the Galaxy Beam, which has a projector embedded in the smartphone's 12.5 mm casing. This is actually a new version of a previously launched product which Samsung first released in in mid-2010.

The 15 lumens projector can beam images of photos or slides or even show videos on walls and ceilings with an image of up to 50 feet across. While there are obvious business applications, Samsung is also marketing the Galaxy Beam to regular smartphone owners who might, for example, want to make a birthday party more memorable by showing YouTube videos on a wall.

The smartphone runs on Android 2.3, has a 4 inch display and a 1 GHz dual core processor. It has a whopping six GB of memory and eight GB of included storage with a MicroSD slot for more storage. It also has a five megapixel rear camera and a front facing camera. Samsung has yet to announce pricing or a release date yet for the Galaxy Beam but it's scheduled to be demoed this coming week at the World Mobile Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

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As neat as this is, I would expect this to be much more useful in a business environment, and in that case, those people are going to want Powerpoint, making this more appropriate for a Windows Phone honestly... I wouldn't want this personally, but it really doesn't seem to make much sense for Android...

At this point its becoming laughable that Android vendors like Samsung keep putting out brand new phones with outdated OS versions.

.Neo said,
At this point its becoming laughable that Android vendors like Samsung keep putting out brand new phones with outdated OS versions.

Yeah, I find that really ridiculous too. I'm glad other OS's don't suffer from that problem.

PS: its 50 inches across not 50 feet.. that would be crazy and larger then actual professional projectors.. 50 inches (just over 4 feet) its a bit more realistic.

Lachlan said,
PS: its 50 inches across not 50 feet.. that would be crazy and larger then actual professional projectors.. 50 inches (just over 4 feet) its a bit more realistic.
50 feet away, not width of projection.

I'd rather have a projector accessory than something built into a phone. Unless you're a professional giving daily presentations, regular people aren't going to use the projector that often to warrant the extra bulk on the body.

Denis W said,
I'd rather have a projector accessory than something built into a phone. Unless you're a professional giving daily presentations, regular people aren't going to use the projector that often to warrant the extra bulk on the body.

I was going to say this as well. As an accessory it would be cool.

I wonder if we would ever get a phone like this with Windows 8. Imagine getting home and configuring your phone in desktop mode. Connect a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you have a desktop PC.

NeoNut said,
I wonder if we would ever get a phone like this with Windows 8. Imagine getting home and configuring your phone in desktop mode. Connect a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you have a desktop PC.

That would be pretty cool.

It's 6gb of ram ''6GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, MicroSD slot (up to 32GB)''

Dead'Soul said,
"whopping six GB of memory"

Aerik said,
It's 6gb of ram ''6GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, MicroSD slot (up to 32GB)''

"It has a whopping six GB of memory and eight GB of included storage with a MicroSD slot for more storage."
Pretty sure it isnt RAM, besides who would ever put 6GB of ram in a phone...

Leonick said,

Pretty sure it isnt RAM, besides who would ever put 6GB of ram in a phone...

I will send you a message in the next couple of years, maybe less, maybe right now, with the name of the phone company. Be careful when using "ever" in technology

It is simply too thick to have any market success. There will be niche markets no different to pico projectors used by travelling salesmen.

What they should have done was separate the projector component from the phone, keep the battery power, and make an app which can wirelessly mirror the screen to the projector.

Similar to Apple AirPlay Mirroring - except direct to pico projector.

It's never meant for mass appeal, but as you mentioned, it's more for business customers in need for on-the-go presentations. The whole point of the phone is not having to carry or fumble around with the extra pico projector because it is built right while only costing an extra 4mm in thickness. I doubt battery life is for much concern because business salesmen already carry their chargers in their car or bag everywhere they go.

Simon- said,
It is simply too thick to have any market success. There will be niche markets no different to pico projectors used by travelling salesmen.

Are you kidding? The phone is 12.5mm thick. By comparison the iPhone 3G/3GS was 12.3mm thick.

The phone isn't the brick you're making it out to be.

Vice said,

Are you kidding? The phone is 12.5mm thick. By comparison the iPhone 3G/3GS was 12.3mm thick.

The phone isn't the brick you're making it out to be.

thick by TODAYS standards where everything is bellow 10mm

CMG_90 said,

thick by TODAYS standards where everything is bellow 10mm

Ridiculous. The Samsung S2 is 9.9mm thick this is 2.6mm thicker yet has a projector. That is a nice trade off in my opinion. 2.6mm is nothing. I went from an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4S (12.3mm to 9.3mm) and I barely noticed it.

Sometimes I read comments like yours and I lose faith in humanity when 2.6mm is the difference between a good and a bad product.

Sorry I missed the 12.5mm bit, I was only looking at the picture, which makes it look much thicker than 12.5mm. I agree that a few mm is not substantial enough to make a difference. Also I was saying that having a battery powered pico projector is a good idea. I still stand that having it as a separate unit is a much better idea - twice as much battery power (phone battery + projector battery), more flexible control by being able to move the handset during presentation (use the phone as a clicker), and more flexibility in being able to use it with any existing Samsung/Android mobile.

Simon- said,
It is simply too thick to have any market success. There will be niche markets no different to pico projectors used by travelling salesmen.

What they should have done was separate the projector component from the phone, keep the battery power, and make an app which can wirelessly mirror the screen to the projector.

Similar to Apple AirPlay Mirroring - except direct to pico projector.

With tons of people using phone covers that increase the thickness/bulk of the phone...this wont be a big deal.

I don't think the size is a deal killer, but the "projector" will be completely useless! The article says it will be 15 lumens. Even ultra-small portable projectors are typically 600+ lumens. I don't think a projector that can only be seen in a totally dark room will generate much excitement.

sphbecker said,
I don't think the size is a deal killer, but the "projector" will be completely useless! The article says it will be 15 lumens. Even ultra-small portable projectors are typically 600+ lumens. I don't think a projector that can only be seen in a totally dark room will generate much excitement.

This.
Especially with the audience.
I absolutely can't stand dark projectors that are only "noticeable" in dark rooms.

I think I'd rather kill my self than attend a meeting where the presenter needs to let out the geek and use a projector so small.
Please for the love of God, use at least a solid mini projector!
They are bad enough.

GS:ios

Simon- said,

Similar to Apple AirPlay Mirroring - except direct to pico projector.

The lengths you Apple trolls go to prove that Samsung has copied Apple is ridiculous.