Samsung GALAXY Beam - Beam Me Up, Sammy

12/6/2012 3:18:40 PM

Samsung's projector phone is quite the novel idea.

We love to see creative and unusual ideas come to life, even if they serve little purpose aside from just surprising us for a few moments. The Samsung GALAXY Beam is one such product, and after seeing a prototype of it in action several months back at the Samsung SEA Forum, the Korean electronics giant has finally arrived this side of the world.

Description: Samsung's projector phone is quite the novel idea.

Samsung's projector phone is quite the novel idea.

The Beam looks like a typical smartphone at a glance, but look carefully and you'll begin to realise several things. The SIM and MicroSD card slots that are positioned at the sides of the phone as the rear cover can't be removed. The yellow strip circling the otherwise black coloured phone gives it an element of showiness, making it quite noticeable from a distance. What sets this phone apart from the others, however is the small projector that sits on top of the phone.

Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Beam functions relatively well, with minimal lag issues. It may not have the GALAXY S Ill's combo of speed and stability, but it performs admirably and TouchWIZ Ul works well here. Sadly, it ships in Android 2.3 out of the box. You can upgrade it to Android 4.0 in time.

When we saw the Beam as a prototype in Bangkok a few months back, the projector idea was very novel, but has a rather iffy implementation.

The complete product however, is nothing like that. The 15 lumens DLP works really well, and the distance factor isn't nearly as bad as the prototype. Images projected are sufficiently sharp and a good many details are maintained. It works brightly in dark conditions, but washes out under bright lights.

Another nifty feature the Beam has is that the 5-megapixels camera and the projector can also be used in tandem to work as an overhead projector (OHP). It's an interesting yet quirky idea,but without a stand you will have to hold the phone while the camera hovers over the object that you're projecting.

Description: The 15 lumens projector is a novel and very fun idea. It also projects pretty well.

The 15 lumens projector is a novel and very fun idea. It also projects pretty well.

Description: The 5-megapixels camera can be used in tandem with the projector to turn it into an OHP.

The 5-megapixels camera can be used in tandem with the projector to turn it into an OHP.


The projector on the Samsung Galaxy Beam won't be making an appearance in future GALAXY S variants, to be sure, but we have had a lot of fun playing with this particular feature, and it certainly is nifty especially for streaming YouTube videos from the phone.      


Price: $525




Novel idea with projector, Good phone performance


Runs Android, Gingerbread out of the box



·         Operating System: Android 3.0 Gingerbread

·         Processor: 1GHz dual-core processor

·         Frequency: HSDPA 2100/1900, EDGE, GPRS, GSM 850/900/1800/1900

·         Screen: 4.0-inch display (800 x 480)

·         Others: 5-megapixels camera

·         Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB2.0, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm

·         Dimensions: 124 x 64.2 x 12.5mm

·         Weight: 145.3g




·         Performance: 4/5

·         Features: 4/5

·         Design: 4/5           

·         Value: 4/5 


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