Samsung Galaxy Beam

AKA: Samsung GT-I8530
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This isn't Samsung's first time at the projector-phone rodeo, but it's the best effort we've seen so far. - Brad Molen, Engadget  
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It is fascinating how Samsung's researchers managed to stuff all these LEDs inside the small projecting unit in the Galaxy Beam, and still achieve a watchable picture that can be blown up to 50". - Daniel P., PhoneArena  
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Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Samsung Galaxy Beam's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a 2000 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are: 32 days standby time, 1200 minutes talk time, 328 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Black/Yellow (Unlocked)

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Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam- 8GB (Unlocked) Mobile Smartphone Dual-core 5MP Black

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Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam Dual-Core Built-in HD Projector Android Phone Unlocked

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

Overall performance is brilliant and its battery life is good

from TelecomTiger (about 1 year ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is all about its power packed projector. Its performance is amazing. It may be used by professionals for presentation. For a general user, it may not be of much use. Apart from it, all other features you can get in many other smart phones at almost half the price. But its overall... More

  6/10

Projector works really well in darker rooms

from TrustedReviews (about 1 year ago)

The Galaxy Beam is a pretty difficult phone to sum up. The projector is a brilliant addition and works surprisingly well, but the phone side of the device is a bit of a let down as it's slightly underpowered for the price and comes running an older version of Android. If it's mainly the projector bit... More

  7/10

In many respects, the Galaxy Beam is just a Galaxy S Advance that's been redesigned to fit that projector

from Engadget (about 1 year ago)

There's definitely some excitement to be had when reviewing a device so out of the ordinary, but we found it a little difficult to make a final judgment call. The Galaxy Beam does well at what it claims to be good at (projecting media), but it's otherwise mediocre at best. That's not to say it's a horrible... More

A feature packed phone with a projector that you can carry in your pocket

from Fone Arena (about 1 year ago)

The new Galaxy Beam is a good successor to the previous Beam. The phone is sleek even though there is a projector. The projection is bright, and there are several features in the projector app. Since the 3.5mm audio jack is at the side, you can plug-in an external speaker while you project a video. The... More

Light and portable with built-in projector and excellent battery life

from Mobile88 (over 2 years ago)

The Galaxy Beam is a handy projector-phone hybrid. It fills in the niche for those who wants a portable cinema, as well as a handy presentation kit. Even the phone is not entirely power hungry, it is thoughtful of Samsung to provide a spare battery and a standalone charger to keep your phone running... More

Looks good, but lacks up to date Android, and the projector isn’t really capable enough for regular use

from Know Your Mobile (over 2 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a competent smartphone though the version of Android is a bit of a let down. Its two batteries give it superb longevity and its physical design is attractive. The projector is a bit of a gimmick though it works well within its limitations of projection size and darkness requirements. Of... More

  7/10

The projector isn’t really capable enough for regular use

from Know Your Mobile (over 2 years ago)

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a competent smartphone though the version of Android is a bit of a let down. Its two batteries give it superb longevity and its physical design is attractive. The projector is a bit of a gimmick though it works well within its limitations of projection size and darkness re... More

  7/10

The strangest smartphone to have been released thus far this year

from SlashGear (over 2 years ago)

The Samsung GALAXY Beam is certainly a specialty device. If you have a need for a projector that’s also a smartphone, or a smartphone that’s also a projector – this is your only real legitimate choice. This smartphone is powerful enough to be your normal everyday driver, but you’re certainly... More

If you need a pico projector as well as a smartphone but don’t need the absolute best of either, this is a great choice

from Android Community (over 2 years ago)

Is that Samsung Galaxy Beam a unique or niche device? You betcha! Does is also function perfectly as a very acceptable Android smartphone? Absolutely. Yes the processor and lack of HD resolution is a little behind the times, but these same specs come with many budget phones, only this one packs a projector... More

A mid-range phone and throws in a projector that's good enough for casual use

from GSMArena (over 2 years ago)

We found its performance pretty good for the casual media sharing, though the low brightness and the uninspiring resolution hardly make it a great work tool. It's pretty clear that the I8530 Beam was aimed at youngsters rather than professionals and that seems like the more reasonable approach.The projector... More

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