Mark your calendars people because Samsung has started sending out invites for an Unpacked event set to happen on August 29 at IFA, the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliances trade show in Berlin, Germany. The event is scheduled to start at 1900hrs Berlin time which is 0100hrs Malaysia time. Typical to Samsung Unpacked events, we’re expecting a live feed that accessible to the public.
The invite doesn’t say much aside from the date, time and venue of the event, but there is a rather obvious clue that suggest we should expect a device that comes with a stylus (the magic wand sure looks like a stylus) and the device that is in everyone’s mind right now is the Galaxy Note II.
Of course we could be all wrong and Samsung could just be messing with us but then again why would they do that? There is a possibility of Samsung launching another tablet but then again don’t they have enough already? What about the Galaxy Note 10.1? It might make an appearance at the event but it won’t be the star attraction because there’s very little about the Note 10.1 that we don’t already know about and very little else that Samsung has not revealed. Then, there’s the slight chance of it being a totally new smartphone altogether but you’ll agree that Samsung already has too much of that as well.
So will we see that Galaxy Note II this month? We can’t say for certain but it sure does look like it.
These pictures reveal a new Sony Xperia variant that’s expected to make its debut later this year. The Sony Xperia SL (LT26ii) looks to add two new colours (pink and grey) along with a faster Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 1.7GHz dual-core processor. None of this however has been confirmed and no other details about the Xperia SL has been revealed. Taking into account that this is very likely an Xperia S refresh, we don’t expect much to be added on to this model.
Two pictures of the grey Xperia SL after the jump.
The unique Samsung Galaxy Beam with its built-in pico projector is now available in Malaysia. Introduced at the Mobile World Congress early this year, the Galaxy Beam runs a dual-core NovaThor U8500 1GHz processor, with 768MB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage complete with a micro SD expansion slot.
The device features a 4.0-inch LCD display with an 800×480 resolution pushing out a pixel density of 233ppi. Picture taking duties is done by a 5MP rear camera with 720p HD video capabilities and a 1.3MP camera at the front. The Galaxy Beam runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box with a generous 2,000mAh battery as a power supply.
The Galaxy Beam’s built-in projector is capable of projecting images and videos up to a size of 50 inches diagonally. The projector’s brightness is rated at 15 lumens which is similar to the 3M Mpro150 that we’ve tried some time back. The brightness is ok but not great and you will need a really dark room to get any depth from the projected image or video.
With the pico projection element built into the device, you can expect the Galaxy Beam to be thicker than the current crop of smartphones in the market and it is with a thickness of 12.5mm and weighing in at 145 grams.
The Galaxy Beam retails for RM1,599 and despite Maxis talking way back in March this year about making the device available in Malaysia, U Mobile is the first and only operator currently offering plans for the Galaxy Beam. The device is available from U Mobile for as low as RM909 with contract.
Having a pico projector built right into a smartphone is a novel idea but this is one product that’s definitely targeted to a specific niche and if you’re in the market for a smartphone that’s also a projector. Taking that into consideration, RM1,599 for a phone that’s also a projector is maybe not that bad a deal.
Details on the Samsung Galaxy Beam plans from U Mobile right after the jump.