South Korean electronics giant Samsung showed off an Android phone with a built-in projector dubbed “Halo” earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress, but the company has just officially announced the device and when it’ll be available…and sadly, that does not currently include the North American market. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is scheduled to go on sale July 17 via StarHub in Singapore, and sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED display and an integrated pico-projector the company says can pitch an image up to 50 inches across on a nearby screen, wall, or other appropriate surface.
“The Galaxy Beam combines the best of both worlds, offering users the technological capabilities and features to enjoy entertainment and work functions on a smartphone—now with an enhanced experience thanks to the built-in projector feature,” said Samsung Asia managing director Sung-Hyun Moon, in a statement. “We believe the Samsung Galaxy Beam will capture the imagination of users who demand the option of either enjoying their favorite media files on their Super AMOLED screens or projecting them to share with friends and colleagues.”
The Galaxy Beam’s projector utilizes DLP technology from Texas Instruments. Pico projectors have appeared in mid-range phones from Samsung and LG, but the Samsung Beam marks the first smartphone to pack in the technology. Although a projector has obvious entertainment appeal, the immediate use of the projectors is believed to be business presentations and casual media sharing.
The Samsung Galaxy Beam will sport Android 2.1—an Android 2.2 update should be in the works not too far down the line—along with an 8 megapixel video-capable camera, a VGA-resolution front-facing camera for video chat, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless networking, assisted GPS, an FM receiver, TV output, DLNA sharing, plus that spiffy 3.7-inch AMOLED display. Overall, the Galaxy Beam’s appearance and specs are in line with other Galaxy-class smartphones Samsung is rolling out to U.S. carriers—with the exception of Sprint, which is getting one with a dedicated QWERTY keypad.
Samsung says it plans to bring the Galaxy Beam to markets in Asia and Europe this year, but there’s no word when (or if) the Galaxy Beam might reach North America.