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Feb
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Earlier today we got a chance to play with Samsung's Galaxy Beam (though photo opportunities were limited by lighting), and I have to say - for a projector phone, it's not bad.

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The 1GHz dual-core processor hums along through Gingerbread (I know, I know - but an ICS update is surely in the works) nicely, and the 4" WVGA display gets the job done. While it's no flagship device, for such a niche piece of hardware, Samsung has done a pretty decent job here. The yellow banding highlight is a nice, unique touch, and holding the Beam is little different than using almost any flagship Android phone from 2010 or 2011. Sure, it's on the heftier side of 12mm, but it's not so thick as to be any more cumbersome than any other phone.

But it's the Beam's party piece we're all interested in - a 15 lumen projector. The projector is controlled via a hardware button on the side of the device (which is somewhat confusingly close to the power button), and with one tap comes to life. The projector is intended for use almost exclusively in relatively dark areas (its pretty useless in even moderate lighting), and projects up to around 50 inches (almost 1.3 meters) diagonally.

To see how it works, check out our hands-on video:

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Lorenzo in a Benzo

    Seems pretty pointless.

    • Chico

      Pictures, video, internet. Do I need to go on? You really can't see how this could be useful?

  • Travis Faulkner

    are you crazy, this is just the beginning. Give this a few more years and the projectors will be brighter. Pair it with touchless gestures and it becomes youre entire entertainment center not just mobile. Think about being stuck at an airport.

    • sriracha

      exactly, it's just the beginning. think HDMI input, and i'm ready for an xbox LAN party with minimal cordage and a 50" tv in my pocket. hells yea.

  • _ThaNerd_

    With Google Home and this eventually getting higher res, Samsung & Google will conquer the WORLD I TELL YA!!!! :)

  • Zulqarnain Nizamani

    that 15 lumen projector is good for me when i don`t have any electricity for about 2 hours , even if i get 20 inch screen on my wall , i love it :)

    • Chico

      I have a toy projector that is literally 2 lumens, and I can still get about about a 30" screen that's watchable with a little light in the room. I think this is a great start for projector phones.

  • JohnK

    I could See this being used for presentations or for stenciling images on to a wall, movies in a motel or on an airplane. I doubt it's a phone for me but I can see a lot of uses for this, especially when they get it brighter and with more power.

  • Citrus Rain

    This is truly awesome. But... how's the sound? Would this be just for pictures and presentations? Or would it be good for youtube?

  • GraveUypo

    if it had specs up there at least with the gs2 i'd probably get one of these. this would be soooooooo fucking useful to me.

  • http://androidpolice.com GAL O

    The ultimate phone for porn

  • Hotmann

    This plus a couple bluetooth controllers and an n64 emulator...Goldeneye anyone?

  • pax

    I like the look of it and the fact that it has a 4 inch screen is a plus. (for me)