Technology maker Samsung announced that their GALAXY Beam I8530 is now available in South Africa. The smartphone makes use of unique technology where users will be able to beam images and multimedia on to any surface by means of the built-in projector.
“The GALAXY Beam pushes the boundaries of what a smartphone can do and we believe that this product certainly demonstrates Samsung’s continued innovation within the smartphone market, both for the consumer and the businessman alike – epitomised by continued investment in research and development,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung.
According to a press release, “The GALAXY Beam has a built-in beam projector that gives users the independence to share content with their colleagues, clients and peers – anytime, anywhere. With its ambience mode, the beam helps users customise to their environments and change the mood by radiating any image or video across a room.”
Featuring a 1GHz Dual-Core Processor, 480 x 800 (WVGA) TFT display and 5MP AF + 1.3MP / Flash camera, the device weight only 145.3 grams and runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
“This phone is a sure indicator as to the future of smartphones – where built-in projectors will eventually become as commonplace as cameras- and at Samsung we are excited to be first to market with this functionality, offering consumers and B2B executives the convenience and seamless ability to share content with colleagues and peers,” Fleischer added.
He also noted that there has been a huge demand internationally for the device. “Globally, there has been much hype around, and demand for the GALAXY Beam I8530 has certainly filtered into the local market, where we are witnessing increasing demand for this product. As we continue to listen to needs and wants of the local market, we look forward to the continued growth of our smartphone range locally and believe that this smartphone is another way in which we will continue to drive this growth,” Fleischer concluded.
The Samsung GALAXY Beam I8530 is available through local Vodacom outlets at a recommended retail price of R5 499.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor