Samsung Galaxy Beam vs Nokia Pureview

by: Carl ParkerMarch 26, 2012
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Fresh from the Mobile World Congress 2012, it seems like both Samsung and Nokia will be putting out interesting phones this year. But, what makes these phones particularly interesting isn’t just the specs they rock on the inside; these two phones each have their unique charm points. The Galaxy Beam is Samsung’s latest attempt at manufacturing a projector-equipped phone. Nokia seems to be getting competitive with their Nokia Pureview and this device’s crowning glory is its phone camera that packs more megapixels than actual cameras.

Design and Display

The Galaxy Beam has dimensions of 124 x 64.2 x 12.5 mm and a weight of 145 grams. It is equipped with a 4-inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 480×800 pixels.

At the top of the phone is a 15-lumen projector and bulb that shoots a 640×480 image up to 50 inches diagonally. Though it may not be ideal for a conference room presentation, this built-in projector can be used for sharing photos or videos and should be enough for most indoor situations. The lamp is rated for 20,000 hours of use so that means you won’t expect to be replacing it any time soon.

The Nokia Pureview has dimensions 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm and is slightly heavier at 169 grams. It has a 4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×480 pixels, which isn’t quite impressive compared to the Galaxy Beam. For those of you used to the smooth backs of most Android phones, you may be a little bothered by how the Nokia Pureview’s camera sticks out of the back.


The Galaxy Beam has 8 GB of storage built into it and is expandable up to 32 GB through a microSD slot. It packs 768 MB of RAM.

The Nokia Pureview packs an internal memory of 16 GB and can be expanded up to 32 GB. It’s also got 1 GB ROM and 512 MB of RAM.


The Galaxy Beam has a 5-megapixel rear camera, which is less than the 8 megapixels we’re used to. It has a front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera.

Now, here’s Nokia Pureview’s crowning glory. The Nokia Pureview will be packing not a 5-megapixel camera, not an 8-megapixel one either,  but a 41-megapixel camera. You read that right; this phone is more camera and is sure to capture the hearts of users who can’t stop snapping shots with their phones.

The Pureview’s camera is said not to lose its clarity as you zoom, which means that while  you take a photo of something,  you can zoom on, reframe, crop or even resize the image and the picture will still retain a great amount of detail. The Nokia Pureview also sports a second, front-facing VGA camera. The Nokia Pureview is said to also offer CD-like audio recording.

Processor and Operating System

The Galaxy Beam runs on Android 2.3 but it should be upgradable to Android 4.0. On the inside, it’s got a 1 GHz dual-core processor.

Naturally, being a Nokia phone, the Nokia Pureview runs on Symbian Belle OS out of the box. The operating system may discourage a lot of potential buyers, despite the crowning glory of the Pureview’s camera. The Nokia Pureview has a 1.3 GHz CPU.


The Galaxy Beam packs a 2000 mAh battery, which we imagine is to support the built-in projector. Samsung says that it’s aiming for 3 hours of continuous projector use on a single charge.

The Nokia Pureview, on the other hand, only packs 1400 mAh. It’s estimated to hold a standby time of 465 hours on 2G and 540 hours on 3G. It might also pack a talk time 11 hours on 2G and 6 hours and 50 minutes on 3G.

For those of you who are heavy phone users, you may have to pack your charger with you. Regardless of which phone appeals to your heart, it seems like the crowning glories of these phones are battery drainers.


These two phones don’t seem to be directly competing, each one offering something different for users. Though these phones haven’t hit the market yet, from the features we’ve seen, the Nokia Pureview may just be the new best friend of shutterbugs who don’t like bringing around bulky cameras. It’s estimated to cost US$605 before it subsides. It’s expected to come out in May.

The Samsung Galaxy Beam on the other hand may be just what businesspeople on the go need. It’s the size of a phone without the weight and hassle of an actual projector. As of this writing, there appears to be no set price for the Galaxy Beam just yet.

Does any of these two phones sound like something you’d take with you daily for your business rounds?

  • Muji

    Nokia Pureview is packing Nokia’s Symbian Belle OS, not Meego as mentioned in this article!

  • be still

    this article clearly shown that you are fandroid boy.. You only hit 808 lowest point but not galaxy beam.. I wanna ask you.. Have you ever tried nokia belle or meego harmattan? Not right.. And please do a full research before wrote any artictle.. This phone is powered with nokia belle not meego.. Im not hate android and i admit it.. Android is very good os with a lot of apps and it future is very bright too.. But l never use one, wanna know why? Because firstly it very power hunger os.. Because it have to use multiple core to work faster and ended up the battery drain quicker.. That why it need bigger battery but trust me it never can last longer than nokia even with lower battery power because belle is more efficient, and work very well on single core.. Cant believe it? So try it.. My nokia n8 with 680mhz is smoother than my friend galaxy next time, before compare any phone please do a full research..dont be a girl about it.. And only saw your android benefits..thank you

    • Pogrif

      Dude, are you Nokia fanboy products from gsmarena? N8 smoother than Galaxy S?? Yeah right. Why don’t you pit this pureview against the upcoming S3, Ascend xl and the IPhone 5. The argument sounds like hypocritical fanboyism from your end and if you actually used ICS you would know that Belle is like the equivalent on android 1.6 on a sony Ericsson xperia pro, fluidity sucks. Plus even comparing a declining platform to the current top os besides ios is like comparing a Lada to an see class

      • Pogrif

        S Class,

  • Dfsfs_d

    haha i cant belive you would go for belle OS. i tried all OS and android is way better then belle hell even IOS is better than belle.

  • be still

    really? Can you tell me what is good thing about android? The interface is ugly.. Camera? Think again.. I think one of the worst.. Battery? Drain quicky as hell.. Screen resolution? Yeah pretty good but not that great on 4++ inc.. Dozens of app? Yeah..but how much that you gonna put on your phone.. Quad core? Not that important.. Even mcbook only use dual core.. belle is suck? But can your “great” android support 41mp camera and 1080p video with 1.3 single core? NEVER.. So how great dual core belle will be if single core is powerful enough.. Ios? Yeah i admit it..ios is great and stable.. The interface is beautiful, and so smooth..sorry for the android

  • طمطوم الخرفان

    This is the best smartfone ever it has 41 mp cam. with xenon flash i had bought it suddenly it is amazing… Check it out :

  • Rog-fat2

    Just a detail, 808 PureView features a 360×640 display, not 360×480 like you mentioned in your article! (Still not a breakthrough, though…)