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Samsung Galaxy Beam: Part phone, part projector, all Android 2.3

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Get ready for phones with integrated projectors in them; at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced the Galaxy Beam, which can project images on a wall or screen. The phone otherwise doesn’t look all that remarkable, although it’s clearly thicker due to the pico-projector at the top of the phone. Although it’s a completely new model handset, it still runs Android’s(s goog) old 2.3 version and uses an 800 x 480 resolution touchscreen display.

Other specs include a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage, HSPA support up to 14.4 Mbps and a 5 megapixel rear camera capable of capturing 720p video. Thanks to the integrated projector, the handset is 12.5 millimeters in thickness; relatively large considering that many top-end handsets are thinning down in to the 7- to 8-millimeter range.

Clearly, the pico-projector is the main draw of the Beam, and it’s interesting, but not something the masses are likely to adopt just yet. The phone can project high-definition media up to 50-inches wide with 15 lumens of output. Yes, its handy for showing pics or videos to many people when a larger monitor isn’t available, but likely has a limited audience outside of enterprises and geeks like me. Kudos to Samsung for trying to push the envelope a little; but they might be better served by getting their new phones to run Android 4.0.

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