The Samsung Galaxy Beam has (finally) arrived to solve one of life’s smaller problems: imagine you’re sat in someone’s front room, and they’re making you watch Eastenders. Or Homes Under the Hammer or something. Until today, your only choices would be to sit there and take it, or to pummel your host to death with their own remote.
Now you can just take control of the room’s AV focus yourself by shoving your own pictures and videos onto the wall in 50-inch style…
The Samsung Galaxy Beam is not a new device. Those with a larger memory than the average house cat will recall its introduction to the world at CES in 2010. It’s taken two and a half years, but it’s now arrived on these shores.
So what do you get for your dollar? The Beam’s main trick is obviously its HD projector, built into the top of the handset. It’ll let you project your files onto any nearby wall or human face, in a size up to 50-inches.
But there’s a problem.
While the Beam’s 1GHz dual-core processor and 5-Megapixel camera are passable in terms of today’s specs, the fact that its been gestating for so long means its coming to market running the now ancient Android 2.3. That’s a bit poor by anyone’s standard, but it especially doesn’t help Samsung, which already has a reputation for being more than a bit sluggish with Android updates.
Either way, if you fancy entering a pissing contest with that Eastenders-loving friend of yours, the Samsung Galaxy Beam can now finally be acquired in the UK. Go forth, and project cat pictures.