Samsung has announced the launch of the projector-equipped Galaxy Beam smartphone in Australia but the device will only be sold outright and won't be available through traditional carriers.
The Samsung Galaxy Beam is an Android phone that boasts a built-in HD projector as its key feature. The projector lens allows the phone to beam multimedia content like photos and videos onto surfaces up to 50in wide.
Speaking at the opening of the Samsung experience retail store in Sydney, where it was announced the Galaxy Beam would go on sale, Samsung's Vice President of Telecommunications in Australia, Tyler McGee, said the Galaxy Beam was developed specifically for sharing multimedia content.
"The Galaxy Beam is all about sharing content with others on a single device," said McGee. "You can share photos, videos, as long as you have a wall you can share that content with as many people as you want."
The Galaxy Beam's projector lens has a resolution of 640x360 but a brightness of just 15 lumens. The device appears to be targeted at casual users rather than business or corporate customers.
The Galaxy Beam will retail in Australia for $599 outright, but will not be sold on a subsidised contract plan through Australian telcos like Telstra, Optus or Vodafone. The lack of telco support suggests the Galaxy Beam is a rather niche product that isn't likely to sell in huge numbers.
The Galaxy Beam comes with a "projector-dedicated application" that will enable projection of specific content, so the phone won't simply just project whatever is on the screen. Samsung says the 2000mAh battery powering the Galaxy Beam will enable up to three hours of projection time.
Projector aside, the Galaxy Beam's specifications make it a mid-range Android device. The phone has a reasonably large 4in, super AMOLED display with a standard resolution of 800x480, while a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 8GB are serviceable, but don't compete with most flagship phones of 2012.
Other features of the Galaxy Beam include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera plus a microSD card slot for extra storage.
The Galaxy Beam is available through Samsung's Experience Store in Sydney and retails for $599 outright. Samsung says the Galaxy Beam will also be available nationally through its retail partners next week.
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