Remember the Samsung Galaxy Beam that was first announced at MWC 2012? This device was quite unique since it came with a built-in pico projector that allowed anyone to make presentations on the fly. While it allowed consumers to have a smartphone and a projector combined in one device it however suffered from a few flaws. It was quite bulky, ran on an older version of Android, and its projector is relatively dim.
Now two years after the release of the Beam it looks like its successor is about to be released. Spotted over at TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) is a model called the SM-G3858 which Samsung submitted for certification. Several photos of the device have been included which shows a bump on its upper back side with a wide lens at the tip. This has prompted people to believe that it comes with a pico projector. Since it has a pico projector then it must be a Galaxy Beam device.
The 3.5mm headphone jack has been moved from its usual position at the top to the left side of the device just below the volume rocker. Another factor that strengthens the assumption that this is a successor to the original Galaxy Beam is that it has an extra button on its right side located above the power button. The original Galaxy Beam also has this extra button.
The TENAA entry also includes the specs of this device which we have listed below.
- 4.66″ WVGA (800×480) display
- Quad-Core 1.2GHz chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 32GB expandable memory via microSD card
- Android 4.2.2
- CDMA and GSM/3G connectivity
Let’s take a look at the specs of the original Galaxy Beam
- 4.0″ (800×480) display
- Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
- 768 MB RAM
- 8 GB storage expandable memory via microSD card
- Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
- GSM/3G connectivity
The upcoming device definitely shows a lot of improvements. Its display is much larger, It uses a more powerful quad-core processor, comes with bigger RAM and storage, and uses a newer version of the Android operating system. Hopefully, Samsung will also include a more powerful pico projector.
Based on the photos we could also see the logo of China Mobile 3G at the back. Since this carrier does not have LTE yet then we could safely say that the SM-G3858 will not only be a 3G device.