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Samsung reveals the Samsung Beam mobile phone

New smartphone with built-in projector announced

Samsung Beam

Samsung has unveiled a smartphone with an unusual new feature at the Mobile World Congress. The Samsung Beam (also know as the Samsung Halo and the Samsung I8520) features a built-in projector that can display images onto a flat surface.

Built-in projector

This is designed for showing movies but has other possible applications too, such as displaying PowerPoint presentations.

The projector is not the only reason that the Beam is causing excitement at the Mobile World Congress. It also includes a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, making it bigger than the 3.3 inch display on the Samsung Wave. Samsung claim that its Super AMOLED technology produces brighter, sharper images while using less power.

The Beam will be the first Samsung device to run on the Android 2.1 operating system. This means it will come with voice recognition, Google Maps Navigation plus access to the usual Android features such as the Android Marketplace for downloading new applications (apps).

Android 2.1 operating system

Its hardware sounds impressive. It has a 8Mp autofocus camera, can record 720p video at 30 frames per second, and has a music player with an FM radio, built-in stereo speakers and a 3.5mm jack for connecting your own headphones.

It can access the Net via HSDPA (3.5G) and Wi-Fi and supports push, or instant, emails. It has built-in GPS and has a microSD card slot for increasing the memory.

Price and network availability for the Beam have yet to be confirmed but we don’t expect to see it in the shops until this autumn.

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