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Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

Review: Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung Galaxy Beam

This time we want to present a team that will undoubtedly draw the attention of your friends, as our protagonist has a new built-in projector that can project your photos, videos, and everything that can be seen on the screen of the phone. We refer to the new Beam, the smartphone that is under our magnifying glass in the W Labs

This team has 15 lumens projector, which is capable of projecting an image up to 50 inches with a resolution of 640 X 360 pixels. It also incorporates a 4-inch TFT display, 1GHz dual-core, accompanied by 768MB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera with integrated LED flash and can record HD video.

Let’s start!


2G Network: GSM GPRS EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network: HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 UMTS

4G: Not Available

Dimensions: 124 x 64.2 x 12.5 mm Weight 145.3 grams

Display: 4 inch TFT 16 million colors, is of capacitive type, image aspect 16:10 and resolution of 480 X 800 with a density of 233 pixels per inch.

Storage: 8GB MicroSD card expandable up to 32GB

Platform: OS 2.3.6 Gingerbread

Chipset: NovaThor U8500

Processor: 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core

Graphics: Mali-400MP1

RAM: 768MB

Camera: 5 megapixel (2592 X 1944 pixels) with LED flash, 720p HD video recording, auto focus, timer, front camera of 1.3 megapixels.

Connectors: High speed MicroUSB standard audio output jack and 3.5 mm

Wireless connections: Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, A-GPS

Battery: External model [TO BE CONFIRMED] of 2000 mAh, Li-Ion type, operating at 3.7 Volts

Others: 15 Lumens LED Projector, Samsung TouchWiz UI 4.0 interface, integrated instant messaging Chaton, among others.


The design of our Galaxy Beam meets the eye in a mobile sporting the colors it brings, as their materials the combination of yellow and gray evoke that feeling. However, as the front is black, the team gets some elegance. Unfortunately the panel is a fingerprint magnet, which is quite annoying.

The team was slightly thicker than the teams we usually see at present due to the projector that integrates, but I can assure that this does not bother nor uncomfortable when carrying this phone in your pocket, on the contrary, it is super comfortable.

Now let’s examine its design.

In front of the computer see its 4-inch screen, while the top we see the logo of Samsung, the handset, the 1.3-megapixel front camera and next are the proximity sensor and ambient light . At the bottom we see two touch keys, Options and Back, and the physical Home button on a long style, just like his older brother – Galaxy S III.

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In the back of the beam, we can see its 5-megapixel main camera accompanied by a LED flash. Below we see the Samsung logo on the back and bottom and find the main speaker.

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Removing the back cover only see your 2000 mAh battery and the stickers that identify the phone.

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On the sides – mainly by the left – see the 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output, then we see the keys to control audio volume and conventional SIM card slot.

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On the right side, we see the key especially dedicated to the projector, which lets you turn on or off the lamp at any time. We also see the key to lock/unlock the screen and MicroSD card slot.

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For the top team, we can only see the space occupied by the projector.

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And finally in the bottom of the computer can see the main mic and micro USB port.

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As for the camera, you can tell that has a 5 megapixel sensor, which also lets you capture video with a resolution of 1280 X 720 HD. The camera has an LED flash that can be used for your night shots or illuminate your videos in low light.

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Photo Mode

With the Samsung Galaxy Beam can capture photos with a resolution of 5 megapixels, in addition to 4x digital zoom and an LED flash for better results in those scenes where there is low light. It also incorporates a front camera with 1280 X 720 pixels for video calls.

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Available resolutions of the camera are:

  • 2560 X 1920 4:3 5MP
  • 4MP 2560 X 1536 16:9
  • 3.2MP 2048 X 1536 4:3
  • 2.4MP 2048 X 1232 16:9
  • 0.3MP 640 X 480 4:3

The camera also has some adjustments so you can get a better picture quality in the final capture. His detail below:

Shooting mode> Single shot – Disp. smile – Overview – Taking action – Animation

Scene Mode> None – Portrait – Landscape – Night – Sports – Party / Indoor – Beach / Snow – Sunset – Sunrise – Fall Color – Fireworks – Text – Candles – Backlight

Focus Mode> Auto Focus – Macro

Effects> None – Negative – Grayscale – Sepia

White balance> Auto – Daylight – Light – Incandescent – Fluorescent

ISO> Auto – 100 -200 to 400

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You can also enable or disable the LED flash, adjust the exposure value, activate a timer, set the metering, activate blink detection, activate the geolocation, etc..

Here are some photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Beam so you can appreciate the quality of your images.

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Video Mode

The camera of Samsung Galaxy Beam allows you to make video recordings with a maximum resolution of 1280 X 720 HD at 30 frames per second. The videos recorded in the MP4 format to 13Mbps H.264/AVC codec and AAC audio at 128Kbps, 44.1 Hz, Mono.

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The recording profiles incorporating video mode are:

  • HD 1280 X 720 16:9
  • SD 720 X 480 4:3
  • VGA 640 X 480 4:3
  • QVGA 320 X 240 4:3

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In this mode you can also apply effects, adjust the white balance and activate or deactivate the flash LED, and more.

This is a test video recorded with the Galaxy Beam with the highest quality possible:


In the multimedia area of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, find a comprehensive music player, along with a video player, plus an FM radio with RDS technology.

Music Player

The Samsung Galaxy Beam integrates a comprehensive series player. If you had the opportunity to test the player from Samsung Galaxy S and SII, as I tell you that is the same. It can play audio files with a known good quality and good power in volume.

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As for the sound quality offered by the player, I must say is pretty good, has a very good power in volume and also has good sound quality. And to further enhance the quality, the player has an equalizer with 8 pre-defined EQ: Auto, Normal, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Dance, Classical and Live. It also has an 8-band custom profile, in addition to sound effects: Normal, Wide, Auditorium, clarity of music, Improved low and Outsourcing. It also has the surround effect that simulates a 5.1 channel environment.

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FM Radio

The FM radio receiver has a good signal reception and good power in terms of volume, although the sound quality is normal. It features RDS (Radio Data System) and AF (Auto Frequency). Like other teams, the first start, the team begins to search for stations and adding to the memory goes.

In the case of the Galaxy Beam, has unlimited memory, so you can keep all the stations that are in memory.

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Video Player

The video player supports AVI, WMV, DivX, XviD, MP4, 3GP, it supports a maximum resolution of 1280 X 720 at 30 frames per second and includes options for repeat play: You control the tone color, enable or disable Outdoor visibility, you can control the brightness of the screen and activate or deactivate the 5.1 surround audio. It is fairly complete.

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The browser is the same as we saw in the Galaxy SII when operating with Android Gingerbread. It is quite fast, the sites load very well and without errors, thanks to Adobe Flash Player supports content properly. Thus, you can enjoy multimedia content online without any problems.

The browser also lets you open new windows so you can have multiple sites open at once, besides having its own RSS reader.


The GPS works very well, with excellent accuracy. With its A-GPS, the team connected on just 7 seconds being outdoors and almost 2 minutes with normal GPS without internet connection.

Like all devices with Android, includes Google Maps and Navigation GPS to use natively. Google Maps works well, is very fluid when scrolling through the maps and you can have 3D view and use digital compass built into this phone.

Google Navigation does not work around here yet, but if one seeks more information on Google, achieve it to work and this phone will support it fully.

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The Samsung Galaxy Beam screen is TFT and has a 1-inch 480 X 800 pixels resolution. It has 16 million colors displayed on a screen has an aspect ratio 16:9 (wide format). The screen is multitouch, capacitive type and noted for the good response that has the time to be working on the screen.

I started to play a video containing fast motion scenes and in no time I met the famous “ghost”, so we have a good quality TFT screen. In addition, screen visibility outdoors is not quite good, making viewing complex even at maximum brightness if you are in full sun.

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No doubt this is what primarily stands out on this phone and what he calls attention to the people around you., And of course if it is not very common to see a smartphone that integrates a projector.

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The Galaxy Beam is capable of projecting an image with a resolution of 640 X 360 pixels, covering up to 50 inches. The image you see is of very good quality, but obviously this depends on where you are projecting surface and ambient light.

You can project anything you want, be it video, film, photos, Internet browsing, documents, music player, games, home screen, etc.. All that appears on the computer screen, will air on the projector. Unfortunately, and for reasons unknown to me-you can not use the projector when the GPS is activated, so this would be the only thing you can not be used when using the projector.

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The Samsung Galaxy Beam has two audio sources: The headset and speaker.

The sound quality that you deliver the phone when making calls is very good. It gives you clear sound, loud and clear, which is not saturated by having the volume too high.

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The Galaxy Beam has a single speaker, so the audio that is distinguished, but thanks to this, the audio power is not lost when having your computer on a flat surface.

The sound quality is good, but it is in MONO. The speaker is located on the back of the computer and has a small curve, but very small lograio not delivering the speaker is good, you have pretty decent bass and treble sounds pretty strong to let the volume to maximum and saturated at all.

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Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy Beam works with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, which is customized with Samsung’s own interface, called TouchWiz.

The system runs very well, in the weeks that I was testing at any time the team made me slow, I really was very well optimized operating system. Unfortunately not know if this team will be looking to upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but personally I think it will because the hardware is identical to the Samsung Galaxy S model was not updated.

Home Screen

The Home Screen has up to 7 customizable desktops with 30 widgets, 5 and 7 wallpaper animated backgrounds, you can also paste shortcuts for applications you have installed.

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The Contacts menu remains the same as the other androids, has not been changed other menus deep as other teams in its range.

All functions remain the same. You can add enough information to a contact, allowing for complete management of your agenda. Some of them are: First, Last, add image, number, email, IM address, groups ringtone, management, organization, notes, alias, web site, birthday and anniversary.

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The Multimedia Gallery has no major changes, and continues to occupy the design of Cooliris .

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And other applications menu

Here you can see the main menu of the team, which is modified by the TouchWiz interface.

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Over here you can see the setup menu.

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On this side we have the notification bar.

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And here we have the numeric keypad.

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The computer has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 UMTS / HSDPA / HSUPA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi and DLNA Direct. In addition the team is able to support GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA HSUPA 850/900/1900/2100.

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The team has an excellent signal reception, and while I used it with my provider I had no problem with the signal. I can say the same Wi-Fi which I had a very good experience, very fast in data transfer and excellent signal reception.

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We tested the Bluetooth 3.0 transfer an MP3 file of 5.3 MB between our protagonist and the LG Optimus 4x and the transfer was completed – according to our stopwatch – in 49 seconds.


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The external battery of our protagonist is Li-Ion 2000 mAh at 3.8 volts to operate. According to the manufacturer, the battery provides an autonomy of 760 hours of waiting in 2G mode while in 3G mode gives you the same thing. As for calls, the computer gives you 20 hours in 2G mode and 9 hours 40 minutes in 3G mode.

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We tested the battery performance, starting charging the battery by leaving overnight. At 06:30 in the morning turn on the computer and it connects to internet immediately and so is the whole day. On leaving home, (06:45 – 97% battery) connect my Bluetooth headset and leave the player playing music with standard, while on the road doing my job I receive some emails and mentions on Twitter. (07:30 – 82% battery) came to the office and let the computer desktop on standby throughout the afternoon and sometimes I WhatsApp or chatting by using Twitter. (17:30 – 39% battery), I leave the office, connecting my Bluetooth headphones and listening to music again, while I’m using Twitter and WhatsApp. (19:00 – 26% battery) came to my house and (20:15 – 19% battery) the team still has enough battery to get to 22:00 perfectly.

In short, the battery lasts about 16 hours, being with an internet connection and continuous use.

Final opinion of the Author

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a very complete team that integrates all that smartphones today are equipped, but this one stands out from the rest by having a projector inside.

The design team liked me a lot and also note that it is well resistant. The team is very light but unlike the current equipment is not as thin, in contrast, is thicker to carry the projector, but I insist that this does not bother at all, except when it’s in your pockets.

I must confess that this team reminded me a lot to the Galaxy S, since in almost the same hardware, software was the same as Samsung Galaxy SII and the front is like the Galaxy Ace.

The camera I liked, I found that capturing good photos, like the video that captured a good image quality and definition.

The music player, despite being the same as integrating other family members Galaxy, the team delivers good sound quality and good power in volume, plus the complete equalizer and sound effects help a lot to improve significantly the quality sound.

The quality of the screen also liked. Despite being a TFT, the colors were vivid and gave a good shine, besides having a good response.

Well, the idea of the projector is fine and good and other brands are copying the idea. It was entertaining to watch as your friends and family were impressed with the idea of seeing a phone with a projector. Just as I was by “showing off” in the subway and projected the face of “Trollface” and all the people looking for where it came from that image. At night, instead of turning on my TV, I would see music videos with the projector from a distance for a 50-inch picture in my room, which was spectacular.

Would I buy this team? My answer is YES. Why? Because it is a very complete team that has nothing to envy to others, is fast, has had enough memory (which can be extended), has a decent camera and projector LED. Definitely a great team which I recommend and would buy it (in fact, it was occupied for three weeks).

The Unmissable

  • Integrated projector
    Complete equipment and fast
    Good camera
    Good screen
    Resistant materials are noticed
    8GB of internal memory, expandable with MicroSD cards
    Good sound quality
    Good battery

The unpresentable

  • Not receiving updates to Ice Cream Sandwich
    Projector can not be used when the GPS is activated
    Your screen is a fingerprint magnet
    Occasionally the computer gets very hot

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