Samsung has launched the Beam, an Android 2.3-based smartphone that comes with an integrated projector that can project a 50-inch high-definition image, the company said on Sunday.
This isn't the first time that Samsung has tried to convince consumers that putting a projector in a smartphone is a good idea. A similar product, which was also called the Beam, was launched in 2010.
The technology has now matured to the point where it makes sense to announce a new model, a spokesman at Samsung said.
The smartphone has a projector-dedicated application which is used to select content and activate projection in a few steps, according to Samsung.
Besides the projector, the Beam has a very ordinary hardware specification. The device is powered by a dual-core processor at 1GHz and it has 8 GB of storage plus a MicroSD slot. The screen measures 4 inches and has an 800-by-480 pixels resolution.
One part of the specification that does stand out is the Beam's 6 GB of RAM.
For users that want to project their own content there is a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot movies at 720p, according to Samsung.
The phone weighs 145 grams and is 12.5 millimeters thick.
The company didn't immediately provide availability or cost information.
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