galaxy beam 3 Samsung shoves pico projector inside the Galaxy Beam

We're pretty sure that Samsung's first foray into pico projector phones – the i7410 that was announced two years ago – was anything but a success, but if you don't succeed, try again. Samsung has as such announced the Galaxy Beam at the MWC which features a lot more potent hardware and this time around we're talking about an Android handset as well.

We're pretty sure that Samsung's first foray into pico projector phones – the i7410 that was announced two years ago – was anything but a success, but if you don't succeed, try again. Samsung has as such announced the Galaxy Beam at the MWC which features a lot more potent hardware and this time around we're talking about an Android handset as well.

galaxy beam 1 Samsung shoves pico projector inside the Galaxy Beam

The handset itself isn't all that exceptional as such, but it's a fairly competent handset. Besides the pico projector, the most interesting aspect of the Galaxy Beam is the choice of SoC, as Samsung has gone for ST-Ericsson's NovaThor U8500 which is a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 chip with Mali-400 graphics. This is a platform we haven't seen a lot of handset based on to date and it is as far as we know the first globally available handset from Samsung using an ST-Ericsson SoC.

galaxy beam 2 Samsung shoves pico projector inside the Galaxy Beam

Samsung has also kitted out the Galaxy Beam with 768MB of RAM (the press release has typo here), 8GB of internal storage memory, a micro SD card slot, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, a 5Megapixel camera that shoots video at 720p and a 4-inch screen with 800×480 pixel resolution. So pretty much your average mid-range smartphone for 2012, despite the dual core processor and otherwise decent specification. Samsung has also thrown in an HSPA model capable up download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and download speeds of up to 5.76Mbps with support for the 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, as well as quad band GSM.

galaxy beam 3 Samsung shoves pico projector inside the Galaxy Beam

The projector sports nHD (640×360 pixels) resolution and 15 Lumens brightness according to Engadget and is said to be good for projection size of up to 50-inches wide. The phone has a 2,000mAh battery pack to be able to power the projector when away for a wall socket. The Galaxy Beam measures 64.2x124x12.5mm (WxHxD) and weighs in at 145g, which really isn't that bad when you consider that it has a built in pico projector.  If you've been waiting for a phone with a built in projector, then you'll have to keep waiting until next quarter when the Galaxy Beam will launch for a yet unannounced price.

Source: Samsung