Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 launches, pico projector in tow


It’s been about two years since we saw the debut of the pico-projector-equipped Samsung Galaxy Beam. It didn’t kill in the specs department, but this phone was never about flagship-level performance – the Galaxy Beam’s feature set may be a little one-note, but that’s one note that few other smartphone’s can play: the ability to easily share content with those around you by projecting the phone’s display onto any convenient wall. It’s been a long time coming, but Samsung is finally ready to roll out a sequel, and this week we see it introduce the Galaxy Beam 2.

As shouldn’t be a big surprise, specs are still on the lower end of the spectrum. But at least compared to the original Beam’s 1GHz dual-core SoC and 2000mAh battery, the Beam 2 steps things up to offer a 1.2GHz quad-core chip and 2600mAh battery. The screen is still pretty low res, with a 4.66-inch WVGA panel, and while we haven’t heard a precise resolution figure for the projector’s output, don’t count on it pushing any limits.

But this all may be a moot point for many Android users, as the Beam 2 has so far only been announced for China, with no current sign of interest in bringing the phone to the West. Still, its resurrection like this is neat to see; with so much emphasis on 1080p and now 2K displays in recent years, the whole idea of portable projectors sort of fell by the wayside. Is the Beam 2 the first step towards a possible renaissance, or is this more of a death rattle?

Source: Samsung
Via: Engadget

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