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Samsung reveals 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam phone with built-in HD projector

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung smashed off its MWC (Mobile World Congress) by unveiling two new devices yesterday morning. One, a larger 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet, and other, the intriguing/baffling Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with a built-in projector.

Given Samsung’s leaning to delivering tablets of various different sizes, the larger Galaxy Tab 2 does not create a big surprise. The Galaxy Beam, on the other hand, is a bit of a head scratcher.

The Beam seems to be a traditional Android smartphone, except the projector aspect. It features a 4-inch display, a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor, and runs  onAndroid 2.3. Frankly, it reflects a phone that would have been announced last year, not something that Samsung would save for the biggest mobile event of 2012.

But the great credit of Galaxy Beam is its powerful built-in projector, which Samsung says can project HD up to 50-inches wide at 15 lumens. You’ll be able to project photos, videos, and games using a special Samsung app. Like the Galaxy Note, the Beam appears to be a very niche device, but it’s the first step towards Samsung bringing projectors to its future mainstream devices (it’d certainly be a nice addition to next year’s Galaxy S lineup).

The 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 is clearly Samsung’s volley to stay competitive with the iPad 3, which could be announced as soon as next week. It sports a 1280 by 800 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0, and 1 gigabyte of RAM. It’s only 9.7 millimeters thick and will come in 16 gigabyte and 32GB varieties.

Samsung is also expected to announce a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Note this week, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fits into the company’s tablet lineup. I found the Note to be iffy as a phone, but the S Pen stylus has a lot of potential in larger screens. It’s certainly one way for Samsung to stay a step ahead of the iPad 3.

Source: venturebeat

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