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Samsung Introduces Android-Based Galaxy Beam Projector Smartphone

Samsung is set to become the first mainstream phone manufacturer to sell a smartphone that integrates a built-in projector and which will be known as the Galaxy Beam.

Formerly known as the Halo, the device combines a traditional mainstream Android smartphone with a projector that can project movies with a 50-inch diagonal and a six lumens brightness and uses technology from Texas Instruments.

Adding the pico-projector to the phone however makes it slightly thicker than similar phones especially since you have to accommodate the projector physically and all the associated electronics. Samsung hasn't said how long the projector can be used for or whether you will be able to plug an external source to it.

The rest of the Beam specifications is nothing to be sniffed as well; a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen capable of displaying 800x480 pixels, 16GB of internal storage, a 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities, AF and flash, an 1800mAh battery and a microSD slot capable of housing a 32GB microSD card.

As expected, it will come with Wi-Fi, a front facing VGA camera, support for DiVX and a host of other media formats, DLNA connectivity and runs Android 2.1 combined with Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 interface.

Although no release dates have been announced, it is likely that the phone, which will be released in Singapore next month, will reach UK shortly after.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.