Samsung To Ship First Android-Based Pico Projector Smartphone

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There have been quite a few "world's first" in the smartphone world. World's first Android phone? Check. World's first WiMAX phone? Yep. 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 shipping.


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 has 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?
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acarzt replied on Sun, Jul 11 2010 4:38 PM

That's an impressive list of features. I wonder how good the projector is?

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Inspector replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 12:33 AM

Well, i don't see myself using this for anything useful. I really don't got anything i want to project on to a wall or surface, im fine with just the screen and privacy... :D. But, for business people, i can see this come to great use to just give presentations with this and what not.

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 5:59 AM

I would project all kinds of things on the wall just to show off lol

Or you could be like a modern version of Family guy's Buzzkillingworth lol

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 6:16 AM

I don't know. While it would be cool to project movies and stuff, I don't see the projector's uses in real-world situations.

 

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 6:33 AM

Well if you were a business man on the run or a door to door salesmen I could see infinite uses for this.

Imagine going door to door and instead of lugging around AV equipment or trying to use the customer's equipment to do a presentation... you can just blast it on the walls.

Or you're on your private jet and need to do an emergency business presentation.... BAM instant projector.

Or you're back scenes with the president and you need to quickly brief him before he gives a speech to the media...

Of course none of us will be using it for this... the most any of us goons would use it for is to project porn on your friends wall at a party and have a good laugh about it lol

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SPurtee replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 5:05 PM

Can't wait for the US release.

You all need to think bigger.  This idea of the pico-projectors as displays instead of the current screens - IT's REVOLUTIONARY.

It's all about Form-Factor.  The projector opens all the doors -

Sure there are privacy issues, which might be interpreted as courtesy issues as well.

You may not use it all the time. Heck, you might just project onto your hand or a book instead of the wall. Video conferencing on the phone becomes viable.  Expand the idea to projectors on more devices just makes it bigger . . .  VERY EXCITING !!!

 

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 12 2010 5:32 PM

I need a projector on my car... make my own drive in theatre anywhere I go :-)

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Foam replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 11:47 AM

I'm the in pharmaceutical sales and i can definitely say there are professional applications for pico projectors.  I've been using an AAXA P2 (http://aaxatech.com/products/p2_pico_projector.htm) for my sales calls at physician offices and clinics and it has been a godsend.  Instead of lugging around nearly 10 pounds of equipment and wasting 5 minutes of everyone's time setting everything up, with the build in memory and viewer,I can get down to business right away.  The big complain about these projectors is that they are dim and need a dark room, but that's fine for my use and I fully expect the brightness to increase significantly as the technology continues to develop.

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 6:52 PM

Yea, the uses are really endless. But for your average consumer, it probably won't be used much.

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