Samsung is not at its first try, the new Galaxy Beam has a predecessor which didn’t had much success. But Samsung tried again and this time all things are going well, the phone is equipped with Android OS and its technical specifications are good.
First of all let’s talk about its dimensions and design. It has nothing protuberant and it’s not too thick despite it has a built-in HD projector. It has 124x64x12.4mm and 145g. The projector has 15 lumens and the presentation diagonal has 50 inches. Samsung is saying that the battery can stay 3 hours with nonstop projector playing, but if we remain out of battery we have another one in the box. Both batteries have 2000 mAh. Without using the project the phone can reach 2-3 days of use.
The Galaxy Beam has a 4 inches display with a glass screen and touch sensitive controls. It supports a resolution of 480×840 pixels, 233 ppi pixel density and multitouch. The display is TFT capacitive with 16million colors.
Hardware specifications are good. The Galaxy Beam has a dual core Cortex-A9 processor at 1GHz with a NovaThor U8500 chipset and Mali-400 GPU. A nice combination. Internal memory has 8GB and it it can be expanded with a microSD card up to 32Gb and the RAM memory is so so: 768 Mb RAM. It supports gyro, compass, accelerometer and proximity sensors.
Internet connectivity is made through Wi-Fi or data traffic which supports HSDPA speed of 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps. Wi-Fi supports DLNA, Hotspot and b/g/n protocols. Bluetooth is v3.0 with A2DP + HS and the microUSB slot is v2.0.
The Galaxy Beam comes equipped with a 5MP camera which is very good for its class. Autofocus is making its job very good. Camera also has a LED flash, face and smile detection, touch focus and geo-tagging. When it comes to video recording we see that it is made at 30 fps and HD resolution of 720p. Also the Galaxy Beam has a 1.3MP secondary camera for video calls.
Other handy features that the Samsung Galaxy Beam has are: Adobe Flash support, GPS with A-GPS support, stereo FM radio with RDS, DivX/XviD support and image/video/document editors. Samsung says that the Galaxy Beam can stay up to 760 hours in standby and 20 hours talk time in 2G mode.
In conclusion the Samsung Galaxy Beam is a good smartphone just thinking that you can have a projector in your pocket. Its screen is big with a good resolution, it supports normal SIM, has good battery autonomy and a spare battery. But has some small minuses; it doesn’t have HDMI, USB on-the-go and you can’t use the LED as a flashlight. Overall it has good specifications and if you buy it only for the projector you won’t be disappointed by its hardware. You can play any game and install any application you want. The Galaxy Beam has its own niche market and no other phone can approach it.