Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Samsung’s new projector handset the Galaxy Beam is up for pre-orders from 3rd July. The phone is expected to hit the stores after 2 months. The price in India is fixed at Rs.29990/-

“The 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 in the market,” said Ranjit Yaday of Samsung.

Here are some basic specs of the phone
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) 
  • 1 GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A9 1 processor
  • 5MP with 2592 x 1944 pixels Auto focus camera along with flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. 1.3MP secondary camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0+HS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, MicroUSB, USB 2.0, aGPS 
  • 4.0-inch 480×800 (WVGA) TFT display 
  • 15 lumens projector with high-definition projection up to 50-inch wide 
  • Dimensions – 64.2 x 124 x 12.5mm, weight 145.3 g 
  • 786MB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory, MicroSD slot (up to 32GB) 
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack 
  • 2000 mAh battery                                                                                                                             

The projector being the major attraction features 15 lumens brightness and it can project images up to 50-inches. Samsung estimates that the phone can project video for up to three hours before you need to recharge again. Samsung also informed that there will also be accessories, such as stands, available for the Beam. Media content can be projected on any smooth surface.

At WMC 2012, the Galaxy Beam was announced to preload Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was outdated with the arrival of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the recent Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Design-wise, the Beam has a pretty unique look with a slightly curved back made from a soft, yet ruggedized material. There’s a bright yellow band that wraps around the edges of the phone, which contrasts nicely with the black body. It feels light to hold, which is a definite plus but, the Beam does look really quite chunky.

Verdict : 
Overall, I don’t think the phone will appeal to the masses because of the bulk and plasticky feel. For those who are looking for some fun and entertainment, go for it as it’s a great price for a good projector phone.
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