3 of the 7 mobile phones announced by Samsung today at CommunicAsia in Singapore were new devices in the Galaxy series. The phones previously announced in this series in order of (expected) release are the Galaxy Portal (i5700), Galaxy (i7500), Galaxy S (i9000) and Galaxy Apollo (i5801). The newly announced devices from Samsung are the Galaxy Beam (i8520), Galaxy 3 (i5800) and Galaxy 5 (i5500).
All the new handsets will run Android 2.1. The Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5 are relatively basic touch screen smartphones (as the numbering system suggests) but according to Android Authority they’ll both have 3 megapixel cameras with autofocus and also WiFi and HSDPA connectivity. The Galaxy 3 pulls slight ahead in that it has a 3.2 inch screen against the 2.8 inches of the Galaxy 5, and it’s microSD slot will support 32GB compared with 16GB on the Galaxy 5.
However, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Beam that’s really getting the most attention. It is the world’s first smartphone with a projector (see photo at Engadget). It also has an “8 megapixel camera, HD video recording & playing, and a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED” display. The Beam is capable of projecting onto a surface 50 inches wide.
As they weren’t announced in a press release, the specifications and official photos are lacking at the moment. As soon as they’re released, we’ll get them to you. Apparently the Galaxy 3 and 5 are expected to reach Europe as early as July and the Beam will be released in Singapore in July with other countries to follow.