Samsung has been brave enough to revive quirky handsets. In the recent past it brought back flip phones and now it has announced the launch of an updated version of the not-so-popular projector equipped smartphone, the Galaxy Beam. The Galaxy Beam 2 from Samsung makes a debut in China today as China Mobile exclusive handset. We shall go through the technical specifications later but first take a look at the projector on the Galaxy Beam 2. The Galaxy Beam 2 as you might expect features a bigger resolution projector than its predecessor. While the Galaxy Beam had an nHD (640 x 360 pixels) resolution capable projector, the Galaxy Beam 2 comes with a WVGA (800×480 pixels) resolution. The Korean manufacturer assures that the Galaxy Beam 2 produces brighter and more colourful images than its predecessor.
Underneath its WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) 4.66-inch display, it houses an unspecified 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM which are good enough to run the dated Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). While the front of the smartphone features the company’s usual done-to-death design it tries to spice up the looks on the rear by giving it a metal finish. While internal storage figures are missing from the official product page, it mentions a microSD card slot that is capable of handling cards of up to 64GB. On the rear you get a 5MP camera but you miss on a front snapper. Staple connectivity options like microUSB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are duly covered and navigation is taken care of by A-GPS and GLONASS. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Beam 2 with a 2,600mAh battery which does not bode well for longer standby or talk time figures considering the battery sapping projector. For the meanwhile, we do not have any pricing or global availability information but we shall keep you updated once we get our hands on any official information.
In the past various handset manufacturers including regional ones have pushed many of such projector equipped handsets into the market but they haven’t managed to go main stream. So is there a reason for this trend? We want you to send in your views in the comment section below.
Source: Engadget, Samsung China [Galaxy Beam 2]
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