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Samsung has started rolling out its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning with users in Poland. The update is expected to be released gradually by markets and Malaysian users should be getting the update soon. Along with the OS update, Samsung has improved some of its Samsung specific features such as an improved Pop-up play, new Easy Mode and Blocking Mode.
Samsung has also released a full list of other devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, which includes:
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
There’s no timeline for the above mention devices but hopefully they will get them soon within this year.
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Maxis now offers the HTC One S, Samsung Galaxy Beam and BlackBerry Bold 9790 on Maxis TalkMore 48 plan bundled with bolt on mobile internet plans. To recap, the recently launched TalkMore 48 offers 400 call minutes and 200 SMS for just RM48/month. You have a choice of 2 data plans to bolt on – 1GB for RM48/month or 3GB for RM68/month with contract durations of either 1 or 2 years. For BlackBerry users, you would need to pay slightly more for BIS services.
On the 2 years contract of TalkMore 48 + 3GB, the HTC One S can be yours for RM699, while the Samsung Galaxy Beam can be yours for as low as RM799. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is also on offer from as low as RM799. Overall, these bundling is suitable for heavy usage voice caller/texters that need a sizable mobile internet plan.
An advance payment is required at RM250 for 12 months contract and RM1000 for 24 months contract. The advance payment is then rebated back to your bill across 5 months period. However if you’re a subscriber with Maxis for more than a year, the advance payment will be waived.
For more information, head over to Maxis TalkMore 48 device bundling page.
Maxis has finally revealed its Samsung Galaxy Beam bundling pricing which goes from as low as RM899. The Galaxy Beam with its built-in pico projector is priced at RM1,599 outright. As usual, they are offering it with any Maxis postpaid plan of Value First and above with an add-on data plan of 1GB or 3GB. There are 3 contract durations of 12 months, 18 months and 24 months available.
The lowest bundled offer of RM899 is tied with 24 months postpaid contract with 3GB data while those seeking for the least commitment and tenure can get it for RM1,299 with 12 months contract with 1GB data plan. Now Maxis requires an upfront payment between RM250-RM1000 which will be rebated back across 5 months into your bill. For Maxis One Club members, the advance upfront payment is waived.
For more information, head over to Maxis Android page.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy Beam which comes with a built-in pico projector has finally gone on sale in the UK with a price tag of £389. Introduced during MWC 2012, the Galaxy Beam runs on a dual-core NovaThor U8500 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM and comes with 8GB of on board storage that’s expandable via microSD. Over at the front there’s a 4.0″ display that does 800×480. For imaging, it comes with a 5MP camera at the rear and a 1.3MP camera at the front. Out of the box, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it is juiced up with a generous 2,000mAh battery.
The biggest highlight of course is the built-in projector that’s capable of projecting up to 50″. The brightness is rated at 15 lumens which is similar to the 3M Mpro150 that we’ve tried some time back. Even with the pico projector components, the Galaxy Beam is only 12.5mm thick and it weighs 145 grams.
In terms of Malaysian pricing, the Galaxy Beam goes for RM1,911 if converted directly but realistically we expect this to be priced below the RM1,800 mark. That’s quite competitive with other pico-projectors out there in the market. Availability date for Malaysian market is yet to be known but we do know that Maxis will be one of the first to offer it on contract.
Head after the break for the promo video and hands-on.
At a blogger meet organised by Maxis today, Head of Product, Device & Innovation, T. Kugan has revealed that the operator will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Beam and the soon to be launched Sony Xperia S.
The Galaxy Beam was introduced at MWC 2012 recently and it comes with a built-in 15 lumens pico projector that’s capable of displaying HD image and videos up to 50″ on the wall. You can read more about the Galaxy Beam here.
In terms of availability, Maxis is expected to offer plans for the Xperia S probably this Friday or the week after. As for the Galaxy Beam, Kugan didn’t specifically indicate when the device will be offered but we expect it to be available at least a month from now.
Samsung has just unveiled its first device for this year’s MWC. The Samsung Galaxy Beam has a
5.0 4.0-inch screen and a built-in 15 lumens pico projector that’s capable of projecting HD images and videos up to 50-inches diagonally.
The Galaxy Beam features a 4-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. There’s also 8GB of onboard storage plus a microSD slot, and quad-band HSPA+ connectivity, all in a 12.5mm thick shell. Powering the device is a 2,000mAh battery.
However, a smartphone with built-in projector is not a new concept for Samsung. Back in 2010, Samsung launched the Galaxy Beam GT-I8520. The original Galaxy Beam ran on Android 2.1 and featured a 720MHz TI OMAP 3440 processor with 384MB RAM. There’s also 3.7 inch Super AMOLED screen, 16GB of on board memory, Micro SD expansion up to 32GB and an 8MP rear camera. Like the new Galaxy Beam, the GT-I8520 was able to project images and videos up to 50-inches diagonally as well.
This was two years ago, so expect the new Galaxy Beam to get a major bump in specs, at least similar to the Galaxy S II perhaps even better. We’ll update you when Samsung releases more details.
Head after the break for more pics and demo video.
The Chilean Miners survival story was an inspiring one. Being stuck underground for about 69 days has been hell for the 33 men. As their life supplies were supplied through tiny bole holes, a tiny gadget had created a difference during the ordeal. That device was the Samsung Galaxy Beam!
The Samsung Galaxy Beam is an Android device that comes with integrated pico-projector which project images up to 50 inches wide. Not bad for a make shift theater underground. According to the report, the Beam delivered to the miners contained words of encouragement from Chile’s mining minister and other form of entertainment such as movies and football matches. Keeping them entertained wasn’t a problem thanks to the Beam’s 16GB of storage with expandable microSD slot up to 32GB.
A Samsung spokesman has expressed that they are proud to play a part in this miracle rescue mission.
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.