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Samsung Galaxy Beam appears destined for AT&T after FCC leak, global launch not far off

April 19, 2012

Two words – Smartphone, projector. What’s not to love? Do you remember the Samsung Galaxy Beam Android-based smartphone with a built-in projector that was unveiled back at the MWC in February? You better.

Perhaps the reason that most of you might have forgotten about this particularly cool gizmo is that it hasn’t been advertised since its official introduction. As is normally the case with products that are announced to the nerd-elite at events like CES and MWC, are the gadgets we all know and love.

Most recently though, the guys at Engadget picked up an FCC mention of the Galaxy Beam. Featuring 3G support for GSM 1900 MHz and 850 MHz bands, Sammy’s phone/projector seems destined to be made available on AT&T in the United States, and soon at that.

Of couse, there’s still no mention about the device’s pricing and release date, but it’s sure nice to know that at least one American carrier is planning to pick this up and unleashing it into the market.

After all, the Galaxy Beam looks like a pretty innovative and original gadget, even though some of you might be phased by its rather modest tech specs. With a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 768 MB of RAM under the hood, this little guy will sport a 4-inch TFT WVGA screen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, which is anything but high-end right now.

Only running Android 2.3 Gingerbread under the hood, the 4-incher should be pretty satisfying in terms of autonomy, with a 2,000 mAh battery, while the biggest ace up its sleeve should of course be that 15 lumens nHD built-in projector with 640 x 360 pixels resolution.

I don’t want to make any wild guesses about the device’s release date, but it usually doesn’t take a smartphone more than a month or two after an FCC leak to get all the approvals it needs, to clear its final testing stages to then be made officially official, officially. Then again, this is not your regular Android-based handheld, so we might just have to wait a bit more to see it hit AT&T’s (or anybody else’s) shelves.

Are you excited about the Samsung Galaxy Beam? What would be a fair price for such a gadget, in your opinion? Hit us with a comment below and please let us know! Are projector phones a good thing? What would make the perfect projector phone?