There have been quite a few "world's first" in the smartphone world.
World's first Android
phone? Check. World's first WiMAX
World's first projector phone? Sure. But world's first projector phone
running Android? Nope. Well, until now. Samsung, which has been making
serious plays in the smartphone world, has announced that their "Beam"
phone, which has Android and a built-in projector, will soon be
The phone itself is a real spectacle. It has a 3.7" touchscreen (Super
AMOLED display), Android 2.1, Bluetooth
3.0, A-GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, an
8MP phone, FM radio, microSD slot and yes, a DLP-based pico projector.
It's certainly a never-before-seen set of specifications, and the
battery life of 7 hours of talk time is also fairly unheard of.
StarHub subscribers in Singapore will get the phone first starting on
July 17, with other nations getting it later in the year. Samsung
yet to announce a North American release date, but it's safe to assume
it will be after the Captivate
(Galaxy S) has its turn in America. A
price is also up in the air, but we suspect that something this unique
won't come cheap initially. But hey, it's a smartphone and a projector
in one...that has to count for something, right?