Samsung Galaxy Beam packs a projector into your smartphone


Remember those portable pico projectors that one thought would be all the rage when they were released some time back? Sad to say, those devices remained a niche device, and never really took off in terms of popularity. Battery life proved to be the major stumbling block, not to mention the resolution count of such projectors. Well, Nikon did come up with the idea of incorporating a projector into a digital camera, and here Samsung has innovated further by throwing in the innards of a pico projector into that of a smartphone, calling it the Samsung Galaxy Beam.

How apt, considering it “beams” out whatever you want to view onto a (preferably) flat display for maximum clarity. Of course, I do have my concern for the battery life in such a device, as we all know that pico projectors do sap up a whole lot of juice in the shortest time possible. Let us take a closer look at the Galaxy Beam in the extended post.

Sporting an ultra-bright 15 lumens projector, it is easy to share life’s more memorable moments in a jiffy wherever you are, although it won’t do well at all in extremely bright conditions, so a room or an enclave would make much more sense. The high-definition projection can be thrown up to 50″ wide, and there is even a projector-dedicated application that makes it a whole lot easier to select content as well as activate projection in but a few simple steps.

I forsee many folks would just copy over their digitally downloaded files onto the Galaxy Beam before playing back the video or movie on the “big screen” – meaning, there is no longer any need to tote around any large projector screen or lug a heavy projector around. Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1GHz dual-core processor, accompanied by 8GB of internal memory and a powerful 2,000 mAh battery ought to get the job done. I would carry a portable power supply or charger for the Galaxy Beam wherever I go though, as you can never be quite sure just when it needs a recharge.

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