Promate Lumitab, An Android Jelly Bean Slate with Built-In Projector Debuts

Promate Lumitab, An Android Jelly Bean Slate with Built-In Projector Debuts

Well, here's an idea I hadn't considered before. Because most tablets don't offer the ability to plug in an external display, sharing what's on your screen with others usually involves passing the tablet around. Obviously, this isn't too ideal for something like an office meeting, where slides are being shown. But what if all of your documents are on the tablet? Must you first copy them elsewhere? Not with Promate's lumiTab you don't.

As the title of this post gives away, lumiTab's biggest selling feature is its built-in projector, capable of outputting an image up to 100" - though at a resolution of 854x480, that would be few pixels per inch. For things like movies (an example the company actually gives), you'd definitely want to move the tablet closer to the wall.

The DLP projector lights up through LEDs, and has a lifespan of about 20,000 hours. With a luminance rating of just 35, it's certainly not going to be the brightest projector on the block, but I doubt anyone would expect anything more from a tablet.

Projector aside, the lumiTab comes equipped with Android "Jelly Bean" 4.2, a TI OMAP4460 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB memory built-in (a microSD slot is available for expansion), Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, a USB port, built-in mic, 2 megapixel camera at the front and back and other typical tablet niceties.

The lumiTab is hardly a "fast" tablet, but it's certainly an interesting one. There seems to be no mention of a launch date or price anywhere, so whether or not this winds up being little more than a concept, we're have to wait and see. You can learn a bit more about the lumiTab with its product flyer (PDF). At the moment, Promate's official website is light on information. 

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dual core will suffice for most devices. i didnt know TI omap was still putting processors in devices android devices and such but now that i think about since dlp projector is probably made TI then it would make sense to have a TI processor. I havent seen a processor in android device since the droid bionic

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Didnt Samsung launch a phone that did this and flop?

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MayhemMatthew:

Didnt Samsung launch a phone that did this and flop?

I think they did but I could see a projector in a tablet since its more of a sharing friendly device sell decently. It's a good idea.

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It was only a matter of time before someone did this since Samsung has the pico android phone projector. Very smart idea for to add it to a tablet.

btw "that would be a lot of pixels per inch" shouldn't it be that would be very few pixels per inch?

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You are correct, thanks for that. My brain thought it was opposite day.

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Mayhem; it wasn't the concept that caused the Samsung projector phone to fail it was a number of things. If memory serves me it wasn't cheap but had much lower hardware specs compared to competing phones, low res screen, it shipped with an old version of android gingerbread, and limited release in Europe. If there was a projector on the galaxy s4 it would be a whole different story.

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