MWC is underway in Barcelona and the Android news continues to flow. Samsung have just announced a phone codenamed Halo, also known as the I8520. This phone clearly follows the same naming scheme as some other higher end Samsung devices such as the Symbian based I8910HD.

The Halo I8520 is very similar to its Symbian counterpart aside from two important differences. First, the Halo will offer Android 2.1, but second, it will feature a DLP Pico Projector. Aside from this is will offer a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 3.5mm headphone jack, a-GPS, 8MP camera with autoflash along with the ability to record video at 720p@30fps. Wifi include b/g/n support and can connect you to any other DLNA supported device.

In truth this is a great device, although Samsung have thrown in a TouchWiz overlay to the Android UI. We’re hoping that with the development of bada, the icons and themes will make this addition bearable. Nonetheless, other than Android and a questionable Pico Projector, this device is very similar to the I8910HD released around 8 months ago. Indeed, by the time the I8520 is released we will be looking at nearly a difference of a year. Hopefully it will be worth the wait. For a full look at the specifications click here.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.