Things have been happening very quickly since Google announced its change of strategy and the final batch of Nexus One to be shipped out. Well, good things must come to an end but its Android legacy shall live on.
Released last week with Singaporean telco StarHub is the Samsung Galaxy Beam – the world’s first smartphone with a built-in projector.
Running Android 2.1 powered by a 720MHz TI OMAP 3440 processor with 384MB RAM and on board GPU capable of processing 14 million polygons per second, the Galaxy Beam is packed with tech including a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED screen, 8MP camera with auto focus and flash. There’s also a forward facing camera for video calls. Connectivity wise, the Beam supports HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps, along with the standard array of EDGE and GPRS frequencies. There’s 16GB of on board memory with Micro SD expansion up to 32GB.
The built-in pico projector that can project images from 5 up to 50 inches wide. StarHub is bundling the Beam with its mobile TV service for as low as SG$0 depending on the plan the user subscribes to.
Given the fact that Maxis has a pretty decent mobile TV offering with its b.player application, and the fact that they are probably Malaysia’s most device rich telco at the moment, and the fact that they are the strongest supporter of Android devices; it’ll be interesting to see if Maxis is looking to offer the Galaxy Beam here.
If they do and if the performance of the Galaxy S is anything to go by, then there’s a lot to like about the Galaxy Beam. If they do, we can’t wait and we would love to get our hands on this device!
If you’re interested, head on over to after the jump for the full press release from Samsung Singapore.
Here’s something new. When Apple launched its Antenna Attenuation campaign which showed other phones having similar issues, Nokia was one of the first to respond. Initially, Apple only used Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia II and its existing iPhone 3GS.
Since Nokia made noise, the guys at Apple probably thought why not we do the same on a Nokia device. Today they have added a Nokia N97 mini suffering drop of bars when it is hold in a particular manner. We wonder how long can this antennagate go on.
There’s two version of the candybar Pearl, the 9100 sporting a SureType QWERTY keypad while the 9105 uses a more traditional mobile phone keypad layout.
In terms of specs there’s no difference between the two except for the earlier mentioned keypad layout. Both versions of the Pearl will have 256MB of internal storage with support for MicroSD storage expansion up to 32GB. 3.2MP camera with flash is standard along with digital zoom, autofocus and video recording. Like the Bold, the Pearl will also feature an optical trackpad. Connectivity wise, the Pearl is RIM’s first ever device to support WiFi n standard along with b and g. It runs on UMTS/HSDPA 3G networks as well as EDGE/GPRS/GSM. GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 is also standard.
As usual, with this kind of things, there’s no details on pricing, plans and launch date but we keep you updated on the latest developments. Stay tuned.
In the meantime checkout the BlackBerry Pearl promo video after the jump.
UPDATE: Google Nexus One has been SOLD OUT for good
Google had earlier announced that they have the last batch of Nexus One for sale online, which supposedly spells the end of the device. The announcement must have triggered a rush for the device as Google now estimates that Nexus One will be sold out in 10 days. This could be your last chance to place your order if you’re within the listed countries eligible for the Nexus One.
As mentioned before, once this is sold out, you still can get the Nexus One from Vodafone in Europe and KT in Korea. Without a doubt, the Nexus One is a game changer for Android and it has become a benchmark for all new Android smartphones we’ve seen today. Google’s CEO has said that there won’t be a Nexus Two but who knows they might change their mind in future.