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Reviewed on 2013-02-01
Pico projector technology has finally made its way into the smartphone....
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Reviewed on 2013-01-05
Projector works really well in darker rooms, Supplied with two batteries, Reasonably attractive designgood Very expensive given the spec, Screen and camera could be better, Runs an older version of Androidbad
Samsung may be locked in various legal battles around the world about whether or not it copied design elements from Apple's products, but there's no doubting that Samsung has produced some innovative products this year, including the Note 2 and the Galaxy...
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Reviewed on 2012-12-07
Novel idea with projector, Good phone performancegood Runs Android Gingerbread out of the boxbad
Here at CHIP Malaysia, we love to see creative and unusual ideas come to life, even if they serve little purpose aside from just surprising us for a few moments. The Samsung GALAXY Beam is one such product, and after seeing a prototype of it in action sev...
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Reviewed on 2012-11-10
Projector works well, Excellent battery life, Solid and sturdy buildgood Runs on obsolete build of Android, Lowend specs don't match professional needsbad
With a seemingly endless stream of flagship phones hitting the market before the holiday season, it can be easy to forget some of the other devices that play a more niche audience. The Samsung Galaxy Beam definitely belongs in this category, as it include...
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Reviewed on 2012-10-01
Display and camera, Very good projector, Excellent battery lifegood Projector application need some refinementbad
Samsung Galaxy Beam is not the first projector phone in India. Many Indian brands like Intex and Spice have tried it with their feature phones. However, Samsung Galaxy Beam is the first projector smartphone with Android operating system.The phone takes th...
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Reviewed on 2012-09-12
Samsung launched the Galaxy Beam (GT-i8530) with a pico projector in India in July. It was announced at MWC 2012 earlier this year. Even though the main feature of this phone is the projector, it packs in powerful specs including a 4.0-inch 480×800 (W...
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Reviewed on 2012-09-12
It's an enticing idea, a phone with a built-in projector. Imagine being able to give presentations without having to carry a notebook or a tablet and its associated cables, or rely on WiDi and other equipment at a client's office being in working order. A...
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Reviewed on 2012-09-10
Good Workmanship, Decent Performance, Fair amount of accessories, Great viewing angle stability, Long battery life, Nice projector featuregood Display is not very bright, Outdated operating system, Power adapter makes noise, Modest cameras, Rattling speakersbad
Of course, the Korean manufacturer has also covered special areas. For example, the Galaxy Xcover is an outdoors model and is quite new. In this review, we will test another niche model , the Samsung Galaxy beam. This test model is a middle-class smartpho...
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Reviewed on 2012-09-01
A couple of years ago, before Android hit the big leagues, there was a sudden craze of projector phones which had taken the fancy of many, all thanks to clever advertising. These were feature phones from companies like Spice that had a DLP projector and w...
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Reviewed on 2012-08-23
Samsung's first Galaxy Beam, the GT-i8520, was a tremendously thick, heavy and expensive handset that very few bought. Having had a rethink, the company is now trying the whole smartphone-with-a-projector idea again with the GT-i8530. Essentially, this...
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Reviewed on 2012-08-23
It has an inbuilt projector, Dual core processor, The large touchscreen is nice to work withgood A stand would have been better for projection, Loudspeaker does not to do justice to projections, Android 2.3bad
We had heard something like this was in the pipeline, but had not known that it would be out so soon. Samsung's Galaxy Beam finally integrates a projector with a smartphone. But is it a marriage made in digital heaven?Looks: IrresistibleWe have hardly see...
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Reviewed on 2012-08-22
Projector beams a 32inch image; userfriendly interface; decent build quality and design; great battery lifegood Elderly Android Gingerbread OS; average still snapperbad
A pocket projector may not be top of your must-have list when buying a mobile, but once we’d tried the Samsung Galaxy Beam’s projector we fell in love with it. It’s a neat way to show friends your photos and to share a movie. The projector works rea...
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Reviewed on 2012-08-20
Comes with two batteries, Built, in projector, Not too bulky or heavygood Projector has limited uses, Old Android version, Poorly positioned headset slotbad
I've seen some weird phones in my time. There is the small square handset whose top section slides around a pivot to reveal a tiny keyboard (e.g. the Motorola Flipout); the lozenge shaped phone with a round screen (e.g. the Motorola Aura); the handset wit...
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Reviewed on 2012-08-16
Fun, easytouse projector, Comes with two highcapacity batteries, Easyaccess microSD card slotgood Projector isn't superbright, Very expensive for a midrange 'droid, Runs Gingerbread not ICS Android, Unimpressive camerabad
In this review Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Beam? Projector Battery life Screen Power and performance Design and build Android Gingerbread and apps Camera Conclusion You've got to hand it to Samsung, it's not afraid to run with unconventional ideas....
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Reviewed on 2012-07-26
Good battery life, Projector capability, Decent camera quality, Additional batterygood High cost, Projector needs darkness, Screen terrible in sunlight, Niche market appealbad
Forget HDMI-ready devices, Samsung has decided to go low-maintenance…got a wall? Got a Samsung Galaxy Beam? Great: project your puppy pictures, downloaded episodes and PowerPoint presentations at will! As we pointed out in our hands-on test, this isn't th...
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Reviewed on 2012-07-26
Good range of features for its builtin projector, Good performance, Reasonable battery lifegood Bulky and heavy build, Outdated 2.3 Android OS, Below average camera capabilitiesbad
The pico projector smartphone is not a new concept, at least not with Samsung. First glimpsed at Mobile World Congress 2012 at Barcelona and later seen at the Samsung South East Asia Oceania Forum 2012, the new Samsung Galaxy Beam (2012) is finally here t...
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Reviewed on 2012-07-26
Good battery life, Projector capability, Decent camera quality, Additional batterygood High cost, Projector needs darkness, Screen terrible in sunlight, Niche market appealbad
Forget HDMI-ready devices, Samsung has decided to go low-maintenance…got a wall? Got a Samsung Galaxy Beam? Great: project your puppy pictures, downloaded episodes and PowerPoint presentations at will!As we pointed out in our hands-on test, this isn't the...
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Reviewed on 2012-07-24
The Samsung Galaxy Beam comes with an integrated pico projector, a dual-core processor, 720p video capture, and a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen.good The Galaxy Beam's projection software needs some work, the 5-megapixel camera sometimes blurs indoor shots, and the build is thicker and heavier than many of today's phones.bad
Never mind that the Samsung Galaxy Beam shoots 720p HD video or has a bright yellowjacket design. The one reason you're reading this is because of the quirky smartphone's capability to literally project the contents of your phone onto the nearest avail...
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Reviewed on 2012-07-20
Builtin 15 lumen pico projector, Large capacity battery plus a spare one in the boxgood Camera pictures oftentimes come with a yellowish overcastbad
And here it is in our hands, one of the more notable handsets in recent memory, the pico projector-laden Samsung Galaxy Beam. We remember how excited we were in 2009 when we handled the first Samsung phone with built-in projector, the I7410, and the n...
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Reviewed on 2012-07-20
Equipped with a CPU of Dualcore 1 GHz CortexA9, Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), Provided with an internal memory of 8 GB storage, 768 MB RAM and card slot of microSD, up to 32 GB, Supports HTML, Adobe Flash browsers, Supports Java via Java MIDP emulator...good Heats very quickly, Sluggish smartphone performance, Buggy at times, MicroSDHC card slot found behind battery, Forcing a soft resetbad
A new unique and stylish Smartphone offered from Samsung is the Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam. It is fuelled by Android Gingerbread OS and comes with a CPU of dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A94.0 inch and TFT capacitive touch-screen . The phone is greatly applauded i...
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Processor frequency

1 GHz

Processor family


Processor model



Display diagonal

10.2 cm (4")

Display resolution

480 x 800 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

External display

Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB version


USB 2.0 ports quantity


Headphone connectivity

3.5 mm

Weight & dimensions


148 g


6.35 cm


1.27 cm


12.4 cm


SIM card capability

Dual SIM

2G standards


3G standards


Data network


Wi-Fi standards

802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version


Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

3G bands supported

900,1900,2100 MHz

Near Field Communication (NFC)


Internal storage capacity

8 GB

Internal RAM

768 MB

Compatible memory cards


Maximum memory card size

32 GB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)


Operating system installed


Operating system version



Main camera resolution (numeric)

5 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Second camera
Video recording
Video recording modes


Flash type


Sensor type


Second camera resolution

1.3 MP

Built-in camera


Battery capacity

2000 mAh

Talk time (2G)

20 h

Standby time (2G)

670 h

Talk time (3G)

7.55 h

Standby time (3G)

660 h


Form factor


Colour of product



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