Samsung Galaxy Beam Review: Hands On with a Projector Phone

The Samsung Galaxy Beam has already been introduced to us by Samsung for quite a year already, but this one that welcomed us this 2012 is a new and upgraded one.

For those who havent heard of the Galaxy Beam yet, basically its an Android phone, but it is also a projector, so we can call it a projector phone.

Check out the review, photos, and our impressions on this Samsung Galaxy Beam projector phone after the jump.

If you had been following my other blog about China phones, then chances are you already heard of the Q&O T1 projector phone that I had already featured on that blog. Its a dual-core Android phone from China, running Android ICS and also has screen projection capabilities.

But let’s just get our attention to this Samsung Galaxy Beam that is also showcased at the JUMP Center on Cyberzone at SM Megamall.

Samsung Galaxy Beam @ SM Cyberzone

Samsung Galaxy Beam @ SM Cyberzone

Lucky for me to get into the timing with this Galaxy Beam showcase. Well, the specs isnt that superior compared to other Samsung Galaxy S^series and Note^s but this one brings an unexpected technology to us, awesome screen sharing like never before.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Let me just show you a couple of photos I took that day. Sorry if the image aren’t that clear enough. I am just using my phone’s sloppy camera.

Samsung Galaxy Beam projector

Samsung Galaxy Beam projector

That’s where the projector of the Galaxy Beam is located. Reminds you of those flashlight torch on low end phones? Well, you can also use this phone as a torch/flashlight.

Samsung Galaxy Beam projection

Samsung Galaxy Beam projection

Here’s the Samsung Galaxy Beam projection in action.

Samsung Galaxy Beam settings

Samsung Galaxy Beam settings

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is fixed on a dock that the only motion you can do is adjust the angle of projection vertically. I also had a hard time playing with it and finding how to make the screen display visible as it was set to not display anything on its native screen, but only on the projection.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung Galaxy Beam

I also haven’t played with the projection settings, (I do not want to mess up with it) and I do not know how wide you can make a projection; if there is a settings for that as the default projected display just seems like a 2:1 projection.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Looking at the Samsung Galaxy Beam as just plain Android smartphone, its still the Gingerbread Samsung Galaxy phone we are very used to. The UI is definitely Samsung, with a seamlessly smooth user experience. Thanks to the 1GHz dual-core CPU, maybe.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung Galaxy Beam

New icons? Definitely some Galaxy Beam specific applications.

Samsung Galaxy Beam settings

Samsung Galaxy Beam about phone

Thought you might like to see that boring Android system info.

 

Samsung Galaxy Beam - side

Samsung Galaxy Beam – side

Getting back into its physical aesthetics, its an overall glossy black polish with yellow sandwiched middle section. From the right side, present is the dedicated button that controls the projection function, directly below it is the power/screen lock button. The micro-SD slot follows then.

Samsung Galaxy Beam - side

Samsung Galaxy Beam – side

The SIM card slot is present on the left side, does this means that the SIM cards on the Samsung Galaxy Beam is hot-swappable? From here you can also see the volume rocker and the earphone jack.

As I had mentioned, the device was docked and fixed in a way we cannot lift it from its platform rest. So not much pictures of its every angle.

Samsung Galaxy Beam specifications

Samsung Galaxy Beam
Here’s the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Beam specifications.

  • 4.0-Inch TFT Display
  • 15 Lumens Projector With HD Projection Up-To 50-Inch Wide
  • 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 5MP Auto Focus Camera With Flash / 1.3MP Secondary Camera
  • 2000 mAh Li-ion battery

Samsung Galaxy Beam price

I wasnt able to make a confirmation about the official price of this Samsung Galaxy Beam in the Philippines, but research lead us to make an estimate guess of about more or less than Php25,000. I had seen one unit on a display stall of a gadget reseller there, but I didnt bother to ask either.

Pricey ehh’? Then the Q&O T1 is an alternative that is expected to have a price that will play on just more or less Php9,000. However, I doubt it will reach our local market’s surface.

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