Strangely, Samsung hasn’t made a big fuss over the phone codenamed ‘Halo’ at Mobile World Congress, leaving it hidden away for only the eagle-eyed to find. Perhaps this will change as the show progresses, as the Halo has a killer feature yet to hit the mainstream – a projector. The official name of the Halo is likely to be the i8520 Beam.
Before we get into that, here is a rundown of the Halo’s other specification:
- Huge 3.7″ Super AMOLED touchscreen.
- An 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash.
- 3G with HSDPA.
- Wi-Fi and GPS.
- 16GB storage.
- A 3.5mm jack socket.
Along the top of the handset is the lens to the DLP pico projector supplied by Texas Instruments, all squeezed into a body which is just less than 15mm thick. We think that’s really impressive and seeing as recent Samsung phones have included a fair amount of video codecs as standard, the Halo could function well as a handy video player. The camera can record 720p video too, so depending on the projector’s resolution, it should be good for that too.
The Halo will be running version 2.1 of Google’s Android, but with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI over the top. Engadget have been lucky enough to get a hands on with the Halo and claim that the projector lens has a 6 lumen brightness and that in addition to projecting video content, it also projects using the camera as its eye. While 6 lumens is a tiny figure compared to regular video projectors, the results in dark surroundings should be adequate.
Summer 2010 is being rumoured as the target for the Beam’s release