Samsung Beam Hands-On Video!


The Samsung Beam is – at the moment – a one-of-a-kind Android phone. While its Super-AMOLED screen offers a pretty beautiful display itself, the pico projector is what REALLY has people talking. That’s right – this phone can act as an actual projector, displaying videos, slide shows, presentations and more. The team at HDBlog (translated to English) were able to get 8-minutes in a dark room to show us what the Beam is all about. BOO!

The projected image didn’t look too bright, and they (HDBlog) say you should be a maximum of about 3 meters away so the image doesn’t wash out further.  That being said, we’re not sure what conditions they were filming their demonstration under so we would want to do our own tests before coming t oa conclusion. You can clearly see that their video camera is using a light so I’m sure that affects the quality of this YouTube video.

beamSome of the images look really, really clear and one awesome feature was putting a photograph under the phone, aiming the camera at it and having a picture of the photograph projected onto the wall. Confusing, I know, read it again. Or you could always watch the video.

The beam also has an antenna that pulls out for TV – not sure where or hwo that will be available, but I’m sure we’ll learn more as carriers announce they’re carrying the beam. I’m pretty excited for this phone although I’m pretty confident it won’t find it’s way to the states. Do you disagree? I’m still waiting for the Galaxy to arrive!

By the way I really like the ridged sides of the phone – they give it a nice look and reduce the perception of chunkiness which, with a projector, you would expect the phone to have.

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  1. This makes me think of the TED talk where the guy has a mini projector which he then can interact with using infrared points to draw on the very wall he’s projecting.

    Guess we’re closer to that level of technology than I imagined!

  2. the screen looks so clear, but not the projection. i like the ability to project, but it doesnt seem like it’s good enough for actual presentation use. but is awesome to show off though. Id’ love it if someone could input the johnny chung lee wii mote program into the phone aswell. if it could produce the projector and the activation of the program to touch it, it would be the major show off tool!

  3. Good looking device and beautiful screen, but I don`t see any useful purpose for having a projector built into a phone.

  4. All i can think of is showing youtube videos and showing porn pictures to my friends

  5. Wow, looks like someone found James Bond’s phone..

  6. I like it…a lot actually. projector is neat and actually better than I expected and that screen seems to be…WOW!

  7. i can imagine walking in a pitch black maze with some freaky ass augmented reality game shit playing on the phone projector

    maybe also be tripping balls on drugs at the same time

  8. What we are actually witnessing is the beginning of the end of the PC…. Five years hence this technology ,along with other improvements in Cell phones — CPU capability etc .. the humble cell phone will become the activator for all sorts of interaction with the WEB and DATA. Our cell phones will become `DO-ALL` machines…. via a cell phone we will be able to manipulate data streams anyway we like…. ten years hence we could very well be manipulating Holographic rendering. Not quite Beam Me Up Scotty…but certainly Beam it to me Scotty.


  9. hmmm, i could think of so many funny things to do with this at school…….

  10. Two words.

    Battery life.

  11. I’m thinking about using it as a flashlight, I’m sure someone will make an app that does this (like the Droid one.)

    But simply projecting out the clear white image will do it as well.

  12. Sammy pls make a samsung beam phone sans the projector. Cheaper and slimer. I dont see my self using the projector that ofter. I want an android phone with super amoled pretty pls.

  13. Was that the HTC Bravo I saw? :D And on a different note, what the heck was the deal with the iPhone like app menu on the Samsung? I personally prefer the Android style home page and menus to the iPhone’s; I mean with Android you can have slick wallpapers and really customize it to fit you. But the iPhone’s customization tops out at moving the apps order and a picture for the unlock screen(which is beginning to feel very dated). Yeah it was cool when it came out on the first iPhone but its time to move on.

  14. Since it’s running touchwiz. It’s very likely that this is what the Behold II will look like once they update to Android 2.1 w/touchwiz. At least there is some hope for us forgotten Behold II owners. I love my AMOLED screen but this SUPER AMOLED has me jealous.

  15. @Solid Snape. If you watch the entire video there is an app for it built in already. You can select 4 different colors. Red, Blue, Green, and White.
    I wish the Droid had AMOLED then it would stay at the top of it’s game for a long time.

  16. i can`t understand why samsung use a 800Mhz Processor for this phone instead of hummingbird 1Ghz like S8500 Wave !!!!

  17. Still waiting on announcement of a US carrier. This is BS. WTF is wrong with US carriers? I dont have a cell, havent for years when they got all screwy with their plans and BS phones. I would get this phone. I would pay $600 easy for this phone instead of a dumb@$$ iPad. I hate living in the states dealing with these BS carriers and their BS ways.

  18. Awaiting for this launch of the mobile in India at a very reasonable and affordable price .. So Please hurry

  19. I think adding projectors to phone is a step in the right direction

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