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Reg Hardware Mobile Week Samsung lit up MWC this week, bringing the Samsung Galaxy Beam to Western markets. It's a phone that lets users to cast content directly onto walls using its built-in projector. The Samsung Galaxy Beam was first launched in Singapore in July 2010, although the feature of a built-in pico projector did …

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Anonymous Coward

Still waiting for the electric kettle/coffee machine phone.

With the recent waterproof coatings and quad cores should be doable, just run a CPU heavy process and drop the phone in a mug of water. Just needs to be food safe.

Come on Samsung.

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Happy

You want the XPhone, search youtube for a video demo

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Mushroom

Just stick the Galaxy S with the original non-upgraded ROM in a jug of water, and it will boil it in no time. It is much better now with their "Ginger beard"[sic] ROM.

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Go

Want one!

Well, ok, not THAT one but....

Think Samsung S3 with a 720p (or even 1080p) pico-proj and a bluetooth game controller....

Suddenly you have a portable console with a big screen... I wonder if SONY have thought about this...

Obviously no good for motion-controlled-tappy-screen games (actually, PS3 controller does motion) but presumably the VITA runs stuff like Lumines? (Not read its compatibility spec yet). You get the idea, anyway.

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So.. battery?

The Droid RAZR MAXX still has a much bigger battery than this, and that doesn't have a projector, and is thinner.

What is everyone else playing at?

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50 inch beam?

What happens if you hold it 51 inches from a suitable screen? Do all the photons from the projector just stop short or something?

What a load of bollocks. :)

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Re: 50 inch beam?

Well if it didn't work, Samsung would probably say that you were holding it wrong.

Then Samsung would get sued over their slavish copying of original Apple excuses......

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Sounds great...

... and it's the sort of gadget I love, but I have absolutely no use for this in a phone personally, very rarely would I use my phone to play a movie or similar if I'm away from home.

Stick it in an Android tablet... now your talking, let me know when I can buy a tablet with this built in (and without the garish colours) and you can take my pre-order money now.

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well weapon

Shades of the Wasp T12 Speechtool from Nathan Barley... I can see myself putting this to a similar use (ie projecting insults on people in the pub).

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BOUT TIME!!!!

That is all!

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Happy

Hardly revolutionary

The usual Chinese crap emporium has this little beauty:

http://s.dealextreme.com/search/118531

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Anonymous Coward

Bring out the popcorn

Does this have a pico projector or another small projector. Didn't Apple buy Pico? Better get some popcorn for the next round of suits or learn what kind of licensing deal has been made.

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Imagine the kids

Beam picture of boobs onto random person on tube/bus.

Beam picture of their bits onto tube/bus and accuse everybody of looking at child porn.

Beam "Kick me" onto the back of your boss.....

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Re: Imagine the kids

Good luck seeing anything projected on a bus. This has a 15 lumen projector, it will only (barely) work in a dark room.

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Re: Imagine the kids

That was one of the first things I thought of but how long do you expect the battery to last?

And you still need another device to record the effects of the projection.

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It's the battery, stupid

I couldn't figure out a title with "force" in it...

Anyway, this strikes me as a pretty dumb idea. The idea of a portable projector isn't that bad, but putting it into a phone is just out of touch with everyday reality. Took me about five clicks to locate a Chinese-made (weijie?) portable projector for iPhone. Weight is under 100 grams, but I couldn't find the price. There are some special people who might need to share a phone image with several people at one time, but normal folks in normal situations are just going to let their friends look over their shoulders.

That's what shoulders are for, right?

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