Hands-On with Samsung's Projector-Phone

An exclusive look at its two great displays and wealth of widgets

The Samsung W7900, aka the Show, certainly lives up to its name. In fact, if it had just the gorgeous 3.2-inch OLED screen, the digital TV tuner or the five-megapixel camera, it would be a winner. But the Show combines all those features with the (current) Holy Grail of handhelds -- a digital projector that displays sharp, bright images up to 50 inches.

Our friends at Texas Instruments, which makes the DLP projector inside the Show, let us snag the phone for a quick hands-on.

As with most great gadgets, the Show premiers in Asia. (That may make it the first projector phone to hit the market, depending on when rival Logic Wireless gets its Logic Bolt out.) We don't know exactly when it comes out, but it looks like lucky Koreans will be the first to watch movies and display photos on the big screen, courtesy of any flat or semi-flat surface they find. They will also get to tune in and (we think) record digital TV broadcasts, plus make video calls. We're still waiting to hear if and when the Show or something like it will cross over to these shores.

Below are some key specs. See the slideshow for lots more info.

SAMSUNG SHOW W7900
Projector: 10 lumens, 480 by 320 pixels, up to 50 in. diagonal
Screen: 240-by-400-pixel, 3.2-in. OLED
Wireless: 3G HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps, global roaming (900/1800/1900 MHz)
Cameras: 5-megapixel main, VGA front-facing model for video calls
Size: 4.4 by 2.2 by 0.7 in.
Price: TBD

(Thanks to Canon for providing the FS11 camcorder for this video.)

0.7 inches thick

the Show still makes room for a 10-lumen DLP projector that displays 480-by-320-pixel video and stillsSean Captain

Sure, it's fatter than a 0.5-inch-thick iPhone 3G

But it's still eminently pocketableSean Captain

Another size comparison.

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The 3.2-inch OLED screen is brilliant, with near-absolute blacks and highly saturated colors

(Of course, you'd need to see this photo on an OLED screen to really appreciate it.)Sean Captain

Projections in a dimmed room were very bright and colorful

This image is about 20 inches across in a room lit by a desk lampSean Captain

Another frame from the Kung-Fu Panda clip that came on the phone

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Click the tab at the bottom left of the screen

to bring up a toolbar of widgets you can drag onto the home screen. Along with standard fare such as a calendar, alarm clock and game collection, the Show features some waacky little apps I wouldn't have thought ofSean Captain

I chuckled the most

at apps that keep track of how long it's been since your last drink or cigarette. Not sure if that would be encouraging or depressing!Sean Captain

An indoor still-life photo from the 5-megapixel camera, without flash...

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And with the LED flash enabled

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