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Samsung Galaxy Beam review

7.1/10 AVG.
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Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Beam

Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Beam currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
1 GHz
1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
2000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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 ove...

- TT Gadget editor, TelecomTiger

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 bi...

- Niall Magennis, TrustedReviews

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
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

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....

- Srivatsan Sridhar, Fone Arena

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...

- Lim Pei Hao, Mobile88

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Beam user manual here.

Samsung backs up the Galaxy Beam with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy Beam has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

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

1 GHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


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


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

Galaxy Beam Specs

Release Date July 2, 2012
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 768 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.35 W/kg
Body: 0.7 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 582 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 328 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to 32 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 cm (4.9 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, OGG
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Viewable document types:
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-I8530

Has built-in projector
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