Event Coverage

Samsung South East Asia & Oceania Forum 2012

By Andy Sim - 15 Mar 2012

Galaxy Beam & Tab 2 Tablets

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

When one talks about convergent devices, the combination of a smartphone and a projector hardly comes to mind. Well, not if Samsung can help it. We were presented with an 12.5mm thick smartphone today, marinated with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and equipped with a 15 lumens projector at the top of its hood. Essentially, the Galaxy Beam enables you to project your most desirable (or undesirable) photos and videos onto walls or flat surfaces to create your 'mini home theatre', as Samsung puts it. Besides its projector duties, the Galaxy Beam is also fitted with a 4.0-inch screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and an autofocus 5-megapixel camera. This beamer is powered by a 2000mAh battery, and features a storage quotient of 8GB. You can top up that figure with its built-in microSD slot which supports up to 32GB. Although its price is yet unknown, the Galaxy Beam will be beamed to our tiny island in the second quarter according to Samsung. Apart from its camera and battery, its hardware does pale in comparison to the Galaxy Nexus which owns a 4.65-inch screen and slightly faster 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 processor. Let's pause for some photos and specifications of the Beam before we check out the Galaxy Tab 2. 

Don't expect the Galaxy Beam to trounce the Nexus or the upcoming S3 since Samsung is targeting the average consumer rather than the Android enthusiast with this smartphone fitted with a projector.

Packed with a 15-lumens projector, Samsung's Galaxy Beam would be the Koreans' second attempt at our local market although other regions will be experiencing the Beam for the first time.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Specifications
Network HSPA 14.4/5.76 Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
 Display 4.0-inch 480 x 800 (WVGA) TFT
Processor 1.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Rear: 5-megapixel AF
  • Front: 1.3-megapixel / Flash
Video MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, Recording/Playback: 720p@30fps
Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
Connectivity Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, microUSB, USB 2.0, 3.5mm Ear Jack
PC Applications Samsung Kies 2.0
Memory 6GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, microSD slot (up to 32GB)
Dimensions 64.2 x 124 x 12.5 mm, 145.3g
Battery 2000mAh



Tabbing The Second Galaxy

If you've been following our articles, then you must have caught a glimpse of the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-inch) during our MWC 2012 coverage. Apart from what's already mentioned, Samsung also presented the 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 in the flesh today. The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) tablet is being marketed as a light and portable device - an ideal personal computing companion when one is on the go. The larger and heavier Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), on the other hand, is more suited for home and family use. And it looks like the new Galaxy tablets are giving Apple a run for their money too, given their Evolved HSPA (HSPA+) 21Mbps support. Both models also sport Android 4.0 fillings, as well as an upgraded Google Market (now known as Google Play Store) with more than 400,000 applications to be savoured. As mentioned earlier when we were discussing Samsung's new breed of TVs, both Tab 2 models will also feature Samsung's AllShare Play, which makes it possible to stream multimedia content from desktop computers or other Samsung smart devices to the tablet. The Galaxy Tab 2 will hit Singapore in the second quarter with 16GB of storage space for both sizes. We'll keep you posted once we've obtained the prices from Samsung.

 Key features of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 will include an Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system as well as HSPA+ connectivity. The tablet also comes with a Face Unlock feature which enables users to unlock the tablet though a facial recognition software.

The 10.1-inch variant will carry a similar 1GHz dual-core processor like its 7-inch sibling. Both models are slated to arrive here in the second quarter of 2012.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)  Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
Operating System 
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
User Interface
  • Samsung TouchWiz UX
  • Samsung TouchWiz UX
  • 1GHz dual-core
  • 1GHz dual-core
  • 7.0-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA PLS TFT
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 WXGA PLS TFT
  • Rear: 3-megapixel Fixed Focus Camera
  • Front: VGA for Video Call
  • Rear: 3-megapixel Fixed Focus Camera
  • Front: VGA for Video Call
  • 16GB User memory + 1GB RAM + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 16GB User memory + 1GB RAM + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 4000mAh
  • 7000mAh
  • 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm
  • 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm
  • 344g
  • 588g