The Samsung Galaxy Beam is Samsung’s second attempt in giving us a projector phone. The first Samsung projector handset graced the mobile phone market two years ago, but unfortunately it was made available to the Asian market only. This year, Samsung wanted to share this handset to the rest of the world. In this article we will talk about the phone and what it is all about. Read on!
If you are familiar with the old Galaxy Beam Galaxy Light Projector then you will notice that this new handset came in with an improved ergonomics. Its actual measurements are 124 x 64.2 x 12.5mm and it weighs at 145.3 grams. Its predecessor is a bit heavier at 156 grams. It is also slimmer than its predecessor by 2.3mm. This new handset comes in with a bigger screen at 4.0″ and an LCD display with WVGA 480 x 800p for its resolution with a pixel density of 223ppi. Yes, this is a bit of a downgrade from the former Super AMOLED screen of the first projector handset.
This handset ships with 2 cameras, a 5MP rear-facing camera (2592 x 1944p with auto-focus and LED flash) and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. Video recording is at 720p at 30 frames per second.
Let us now talk about the phone’s general design to give you an idea as to how this phone looks like. For one, the phone’s secondary camera is located above the phone’s display. You will also find its proximity and ambient light sensors above the screen. If you look below the phone’s display, you will find the Home button sandwiched between the Menu and Back buttons (capacitive controls).
Now, the projector lens is placed on top of the handset. It is protected by a piece of a glass and it is slightly protruded at the back of the phone. So what else can this phone do for you? Well, the phone’s projector can be used as a flashlight. That is a neat trick indeed.
Moving on, the phone’s right side houses a dedicated projector key. There, you will find the power/lock button and swappable microSD card slot that is hidden behind a small lid.
On the phone’s left side you will find its volume rocker and external SIM slow too. This is indeed a new concept that this phone is giving you. You no longer have to open the back cover just to access your SIM card. If you look at the bottom part of the handset you will see its microUSB port for data and charging. You will also find the phone’s mouthpiece there.
If you look at the back of the phone, you will love its anti-slip rubbery finish. There is also a slight bulge at the top of the phone to accommodate the projector. Lastly, the phone’s 5MP shutter is centrally placed below that bulge. You will also find its LED flash beside the phone’s shutter.
These are the things that you can expect on Samsung’s projector phone. This is the new Samsung Galaxy Beam at a glance.
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