Feb 14 AT 9:02 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Samsung reveals first Android phone with DLP Pico projector

Samsung has released several Android phones, but none of them have been compelling enough to warrant a purchase from me. Recently they have been pushing their new Bada operating system and I’m not too sure how serious they are about Android.

That could change with the new Samsung i8520 ‘Halo’ which was revealed at Mobile World Congress. This Android 2.1 device sports some high some-end specs and several features which are new to Android phones.

Highlights of the specs include:

  • 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with flash (VGA on the front)
  • Internal memory: at least 2GB (512 MB ROM / 384 MB RAM + 16GB MoviNAND)
  • DLP Pico projector integrated
  • Other features: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, stereo speakers, standard 3.5mm jack, and DLNA support
  • Operating System: Android 2.1

Unique to this phone is a Texas Instruments DLP pico projector. We have seen these being pushed for a couple years, but this is the first time for an Android phone. The projector can display images from 5 to 50 inches and Texas Instruments thinks it will be the next “must have” feature for your new smartphone.

How many times have you wanted to share pictures, video, web pages or emails on your phone to someone else? Chances are it has probably been more times than you can remember. With a DLP Pico projector built into your cell phone, sharing images or video has taken on a whole new meaning. Image taking pictures with your cell phone camera and then sharing them instantly on any surface with a big projected image.Texas Instruments

The another new addition to the Halo phone is Samsung’s new Super AMOLED display. This new panel is claimed to be five times “clearer” and offer 20% better visibility when used outside compared to traditional AMOLED displays. (I think the AMOLED display on the Nexus One is awesome, so I can’t wait see if this actually beats it.)

No details were provided on the CPU, but the new Bada-powered Wave (s8500) phone features a 1 GHz Samsung processor.

The renders that Samsung provided show the Halo with the Bada operating system, but Engadget has confirmed it will ship with Android 2.1. We don’t know if Samsung will include their TouchWiz UI, but we are keeping our fingers crossed they leave it out.

Detailed Samsung I8520 / Product Specifications

Network HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps UMTS (900/1900/2100),
EDGE / GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
Display 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED
Camera 8MP AF w/ Flash (Front : VGA)
Video H.264, H.263, MPEG4, Divx/Xvid, VC-1, 720p@30fps(de/encoding)
FM Radio with RDS, 3.5mm Ear jack, 3D Sound Effect(Dual Speaker)
Value-added Features A-GPS, Wi-Fi(b/g/n), Specialized Projector UI, Hybrid Widgets, IM, Email,
DLNA, Samsung Kies, Push Service(SNS, IM, Email)
Connectivity Bluetooth v2.1 / USB 2.0 High Speed
Memory Internal memory: at least 2GB (4Gb ROM / 3Gb RAM + 16GB MoviNAND)
External memory: MicroSD (up to 32GB)
Size 123 x 59.8 x 14.9 mm / TBD g
Battery Life 1800 mAh
(Talk time: up to 470 mins (On 3G mode)/ up to 850 mins (On 2G mode))
(Stand-by time: up to 530 hrs (On 3G mode) / up to 630 hrs (On 2G mode))

Via: Engadget

Source: Samsung Mobile

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  1. Mocha KGuest 5 years ago

    LOoks like iphone

  2. addheatGuest 5 years ago

    that samsung’s bada os, right? not android.

  3. I’m starting to think that Samsung cares only about using Android to build it’s own systems on.

  4. Mobile MilfGuest 5 years ago

    It will be sweet to have a projector on board!

    And 2GB memory- nice :)

    But man that thing looks like a brick

  5. wow a projector!

  6. JammerDidItGuest 5 years ago

    I like it…how much?

  7. chadGuest 5 years ago

    They need to put the projector on the same area as the camera.. then we can start developing apps that allow you to be much more interactive. The camera can act as a sensor and reference the area you would be touching on the virtual screen.

  8. Kenny KGuest 5 years ago

    I own a projector and the blubs run about $350. How much are replacements for the phone? And what’s the life on them?

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    BASIC Technical specifications on internal DLP Pico Projector:

    DLP Resolution
    Brightness: 10 lumens
    Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
    Light Source: Solid-state 3 LED

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