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Samsung Galaxy Beam Turns Heads: MWC 2012

Samsung launches its slimmest projector phone ever, the Galaxy Beam, along with a stylish, updated version of Galaxy Note tablet, at Mobile World Congress. Check out our video coverage.

Samsung's shining stars this week at Mobile World Congress have been the updated 10.1 Galaxy Note tablet and the slim new Galaxy Beam projector phone. While neither device is a completely new concept, both of these are well-designed and good at what they do. Fritz Nelson talks with Brett White from Samsung to take an in-depth look at both the Beam and the Note in the video below.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an updated version of the 5.3-inch Note, which was more of a combination phone/tablet device. This new device leaves no doubt that it is a tablet first and foremost. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it has a 1.4-GHz dual-core processor and two cameras: a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Supporting the claim that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a device for creation, not just consumption, the tablet comes bundled with Adobe's Photoshop Touch and Ideas apps, which normally cost around $10. A pressure-sensitive S Pen is also included, which is a slightly larger stylus than that which comes with the earlier, smaller version of the Note. While it's up for debate whether tablets actually should need a stylus, one pro is that you'll end up with fewer messy fingerprints on your screen.

[ See our complete Mobile World Congress 2012 coverage, live from the mobile industry's hottest event. ]

There are tons of reasons projectors are one of our least favorite peripherals: The projector won't connect. No one has the right adapter. The cable has a loose pin and everything is showing up pink. Samsung's Galaxy Beam helps alleviate the pain by dropping a pico projector into its slimmest projector phone to date.

The Galaxy Beam is a lower spec phone than a lot of the headline-makers at MWC 2012. Running Android 3.2 Gingerbread, the Beam is a dual core, 12.5-mm thick handset with a 5-megapixel camera and a 480 x 800 pixel display. The projector, which sits at the top of the phone, is a 15-lumen pico projector. It is capable of projecting a 640 x 480 image up to 50 inches in diagonal.

Both the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Beam are expected to be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2012. Availability in the United States has not been announced.

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