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What if I told you that you could carry an 80" Android device around in your pocket? What do you think you would say to me? Perhaps you'd say, "Clearly you are talking about a pico projector device and I'm not falling for your shenanigans." Dang, you're really good at this game. What you probably didn't expect, though, is that the Lightplay by PhoneSuit, as it is called, also features a motion controller with a built-in keyboard, a tripod and access to the entire Google Play Store. Not too bad for $500.

The specs on this device are middling, to say the least. A 1GHz ARM Cortex with NEON co-processor powers the device, and outputs in a native resolution of 1024x600. Being a pico projector, of course, it's not a very bright device. At 50 lumens, it's pretty good for the category—for comparison, the Galaxy Beam only has a 15 lumen bulb, and the world's brightest is only 80 as of early 2012—but it's still going to have a hard time competing with your lamp or sunlight coming through the window. Oh yeah, and it runs Gingerbread. Ugh.

Here are the rest of the specs:

Projector Technology: LCoS, RGB LED

Light Source: RGB LED (up to 30,000 hours lifetime)

Brightness: 50 Lumens

Screen Size: Up to 80 inches diagonal

Native Video Resolution:  1024x600 (supports HD 1080p, 720p content)

Integrated WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n

Processor:  1 Ghz ARM Cortex with NEON co-processor

Memory: 8 GB Internal flash (Expandable)

Controller: Wireless keyboard & motion controller with 3 axis gyroscope.

Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Future upgrades available)

Input ports: HDMI input, AV input, 2 USB ports

Built-in Speaker

Weight: 230 grams

Dimensions: 125 x 73 x 35mm

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Still, color us intrigued. While the Galaxy Beam failed to impress at MWC, this is specifically designed to be a projector, whereas the Beam merely had one as a bonus feature. It also doesn't hurt that, despite running Gingerbread, demo photos still show a custom UI that one would hope will make using this thing easier. As a former Wii owner, I'm not entirely excited about the idea of controlling a giant screen interface with a motion controller, but I'm willing to keep an open mind.

If you're already in love with the idea, you can plunk down $500 for the LightPlay now. Orders will begin shipping out November 1st. Of course, if you'd like to wait, we'll be reviewing this as it gets closer to release, so stay tuned!

Source: PhoneSuit

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Nashoba Darkwolf

    can you use it as a normal projector or no?

    • Justin

      Seems like it, it has HDMI in and AV in ect.

  • mikeGsays

    Just bought a $500 projector yesterday, and still happy with that purchase after seeing the details here. Bought a 2700 lumen ViewSonic projector that I can connect my laptop up to it, run BlueStacks on Gingerbread (ugh, I agree), and have the same effect, but instead of an 80" screen it will do 300" if I want! Also, it isn't only for pitch black rooms.....

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The question is, is the one you bought a pico projector or a full-sized one? That's where the bulk of the pricing is coming from. I'm sure it would have been way cheaper if it was full-sized.

      • mikeGsays

        It's full size, not Pico:

        Viewsonic - PJD5233 3D Ready DLP Projector - 720p - HDTV - 4:3 - Black

        Has a lot more specs on it that I don't NEED (like 3D, this is a business projector), but the specs and reviews were good enough to warrant buying this over some priced $100 less

    • smeddy

      Awesome. I want that setup, with, say, a decent tablet with HDMI plugged in

  • smeddy

    I'll buy version 2
    ... If it's a premium device and a fair price