Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yeah, this could get me to lose the iPhone and get a Samsung

Having had to use computer projectors in grad school and had other uses for showing more than one person some video material or pictures, I can appreciate having a smartphone equipped with a projector.

From CNET:
The AMOLED Beam has a 3.3-inch WVGA touch screen, 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, HSDPA, terrestrial DMB connectivity, support for DivX, video calls and, most importantly, a built-in WVGA projector capable of beaming content up to a maximum screen size of 50 inches.

The phone, however, is available only in Korea, according to Samsung. There's neither a GSM version of the device, nor plans to launch it outside of the country.
I have to admit, that's not a very effective international marketing ploy. Maybe they're waiting to see how well this phone — which could easily be marketed as a couples' video-watching device — does in the Korean market before they go through the trouble and expense of offering it in the US or other markets.

I've looked into getting computer-compatible projectors and this phone would be a far cheaper alternative for my purposes, assuming it maintains a decent picture at fifty inches.

Kushibo: Do videos of you come with the phone?
Her: Oh, you! Tee hee hee hee.
(It was either that or a crude joke involving the word "beam.")

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2 comments:

  1. You might want to read this before you blow close to a million won for a phone that isn't even "smart."

    By the way, LG also has a version that is currently available in the U.S. It is the "Expo."

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  2. Ah, John. You talk as if I have a million won to blow. :(

    Seriously, though, I wonder if that's the price they will actually sell it at, or will they end up subsidizing it, as is the case with many (most?) phones in Korea, including the iPhone.

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