Smartphone with a projector
Design, OS and configuration
The Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 comes with a 4.7-inch 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) display with a pixel density of 200 ppi. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean toppled with the latest iteration of Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz UI. The device comes with a range of sensors like Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor etc. Weighing 165 grams, the Galaxy Beam 2 is 11.6 mm thick.
Under the hood ticks a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, accompanied by 1GB of RAM. Like its predecessor, the device also features a pico projector which can beam the display to any external surface. However, this time the built-in projector comes with a background colour-correction feature.
Camera and storage
For photography, the Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 packs in a 5-megapixel primary camera with features like LED flash, Auto focus, Face detection, Geo tagging, Smile detection, Touch to focus etc. The device also carries a VGA front camera for video calling. The device is compatible with up to 64GB of micro SD cards. This complements the projector feature of the phone as it allows you to carry your favorite HD flicks that you can project anywhere.
Connectivity and battery
The projector smartphone offers all the regular connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS with GLONASS, DLNA etc. The device is fuelled by a 2,600mAh li-ion battery.
There's only one good reason to buy the Samsung Galaxy Beam 2, it can project the display to an external surface. It could help you display a presentation on the fly, or you can create a mini theatre anywhere. Whether you need to carry a projector with you or not, totally depends upon how you plan to use it. The phone scores good on other fronts, except that an HD display could have made it a better deal.