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Samsung Introduces Galaxy Beam, A Smartphone With a Projector

Samsung has unveiled the first mainstream smartphone/projector hybrid called the Galaxy Beam.

The device comes with a 15 lumens projector which Samsung says can even be used in outdooor environments and can project content on up to 50-inch screens.

That aside, the Galaxy Beam is essentially a cheaper version of the Samsung Galaxy S2. There's a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive display, a five megapixel rear camera with a 1.3-megapixel front facing one, a 2000mAh battery, Bluetooth, Wi-FI, a microUSB port and a microSD card slot.

As expected, the phone is slightly thicker than the rest of the competition. Still at 12.5mm, it is portable and its weight - 145.3g - is a nice compromise given that it combines two devices into one.

Samsung didn't say when the phone will go on sale and at what price; no details as well on the battery life when in projector mode.

Last year at MWC 2011, we saw a prototye of the phone presented by Texas Instruments and we would not be surprised to see that the US-based semiconductor company provided both with the projector nd the application processor.

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