The stunning colors and contrast on the Samsung Show’s 3.2-inch OLED screen would be enough to make it a multimedia wonder. But the phone really earns its name from an integrated projector that displays 100-inch images.
Other “pico” projectors are themselves bigger than iPods and attach to a cellphone with a cable. By squeezing a projector into the phone, Samsung ensures that you always have a big screen handy—say, for viewing movies on an airplane seat back or photos on a tabletop.
The company slimmed its pico by using ultra-efficient LED lamps. They allow the phone’s lithium-ion battery to power about three hours of projection—plus phone calls and Web surfing.
The Show premiered in Korea in February, but Samsung hasn’t announced yet when it or another projector-equipped phone will come to the U.S. For Americans tired of squinting at tiny screens, one can’t come soon enough.
SAMSUNG SHOW W7900
Projector: 480 x 320 pixels, up to 100 in. diagonal, 10 lumens
Screen: 240 x 400 pixels, 3.2-in.
Wireless: 3G HSDPA at 7.2 Mbps
Cameras: 5 MP main, 0.3 MP front-facing model for video calls
Size: 4.4 x 2.2 x 0.7 in.
Price: $490 (Korea only)