Samsung Beam i8520 - First Android With Projector

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The world's second largest phone maker Samsung has unveiled another world's first with the pico projector-enabled Samsung Beam i8520 demoed at the recently concluded 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It runs on a proprietary 800 MHz processor running the latest Android 2.1 Eclair platform with the TouchWiz UI.

This is a real top-of-the-line smartphone that also features a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive multitouch screen and an 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and true high definition 720p video recording at a cinema-quality 30fps. There's just a handful of smartphones at the MWC you can count with one hand that can touch this phone.

Featuring the first ever Android smartphone with an integrated projector, the Beam ups the projector smartphone released last December by its main rival compatriot LG Electronics whose LG Expo GW820 QWERTY now looks primitive with a detachable snap-on pico projector.

This is not Samsung' first nor is pico projection new as it had a similar pico projector smartphone released in January 2009 called the Samsung Show using the same Texas Instrument DLP chipset but now specified at WVGA resolution with a 6 lumens brightness that can project a 50-inch wide image.

Flagship Features

The Beam is your quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/19000) on the 2G network and a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/1900/2100) on 3G. You get WiFi 802.11/b/g/n with DLNA for hotspot support and local data connectivity options for Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0. There's also SatNav functionality with a built-in A-GPS receiver with Google Maps.

Multimedia comes with media playback for all the popular media file formats that includes DivX/Xvid video, a stereo FM receiver with RDS and DNSe for surround and stereo widening effects. You get listening options using either its 3.5mm headphone jack or going wireless with a Bluetooth A2DP stereo earphones.

Display is tops with 3.7-inch Super AMOLED multitouch capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors and WideVGA resolution (800 x 480) that has scratch resistant surface. It comes with the usual accelerometer for auto-rotate viewing.

With a 14.9mm body thickness, Samsung maximized its CMOS sensor focal length to deliver an outstanding 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile/blink detection and geo tagging for it's a-GPS receiver. Another imaging standout with few peers is its high definition 720p video recording at a movie-grade 30fps with video light. It also comes with a front-facing secondary VGA camera for 3G video calls.

Its internal phone memory caps at 15 GB with 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM and 32 GB microSD expandability. Its battery life is arguably the best in the industry with 14 hours of talk times and 630 of standby time with a hefty 1800 mAh li-ion battery. Using its pico projector could eat more power but this didn't seem to be a problem during its demo at the MWC.


The Samsung Beam i8520 is not expected to ship anytime soon and Samsung is not forthcoming with the information though we figure it could be in the middle of the year at the earliest. There's also no price information but as a flagship smartphone, this is not meant for everyone.

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This article was published on 2010/04/16