Specs summary


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


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


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

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.


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 (2G), 575 minutes (3G), 328 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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 

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 

Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)


Overall performance is brilliant and its battery life is good

from TelecomTiger
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 performance is brilliant. Its battery life is good... Full review

Projector works really well in darker rooms

from TrustedReviews
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 you're interested in then you may think it's worth the money, but if you're primarily looking for a speedy, high-end phone and will only use the projector occasionally then it's probably best to look elsewhere... Full review

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

from Engadget

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 phone, but the low-to-mid-range feature set makes it a tough sell at $430, especially when you can pay the same price for much nicer devices these days. In this situation, it means that you either have to love the projector enough to justify the higher price, or the feature is so importan... Full review

Fone Arena

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

from 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. The additional battery along with a portable charger is very useful, that lets you charge the battery in advance. You can watch a whole movie for about 2 and half hours with a single charge when the display of the phone is off. If you are not using the projector, the 2000 mAh battery lasts for a... Full review


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

from Mobile88
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... Full review
Know Your Mobile

The projector isn’t really capable enough for regular use

from Know Your Mobile
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... Full review
Know Your Mobile

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

from Know Your Mobile
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 course you pay for that projector and the Beam is a bit more expensive than other handsets with similar general specs. .. Full review

The strangest smartphone to have been released thus far this year

from SlashGear
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 going to want to know that you’ll be using the projector on a daily basis to make it all worth your while... Full review
Android Community

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
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 too. 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... Full review

Despite weak software, the bright projector pushes boundaries, and strong smartphone features make it a worthy standalone device

from Cnet

Projector aside, the Galaxy Beam works well as a smartphone, without being overly heavy or thick despite the extra load. The camera, processor, and screen behave as expected for a midrange Samsung smartphone, which is to say, perfectly satisfactorily. So if you think you're going to really love using the projector, then the phone stands up as a smartphone all on its own without relying on any extra gadgetry to move it through the door. However, if you're skeptical about how often you'd beam anything anywhere, then you should shop around until you find the exact set of features that gives yo... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date July 2, 2012
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Processor Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
RAM 768 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.35 W/kg
Body: 0.7 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 582 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 328 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1200 minutes (2G)
575 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 32 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (Play Store, Polaris Office)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-I8530

Has built-in projector
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