At Mobile World Congress in 2012, Samsung announced a pico projector smartphone known as the Galaxy Beam. Although it was a cool concept, the phone’s downfall was its middling specs, aging OS and large chassis. Two years later, it appears that Samsung’s working on a successor to the Beam called the SM-G3858, according to China’s government database. The Tenaa entry even comes with a few pictures, most of which offer an indication of a projector: there’s clearly a bump on the upper back which opens up to a wide lens on the top, and we also saw an extra button that models after the original Beam. Samsung has shed the sporty misshapen look in favor of a sleek metal build, which certainly seems a better fit for professionals.
The database also gives us a glimpse at its specs, some of which are an improvement over the original Beam; the China Mobile-branded phone reportedly packs a 4.66-inch WVGA (800×480) display, Android 4.2.2, a quad-core 1.2GHz chipset with 1GB of RAM, microSD slot with up to 32GB external storage, as well as TD-SCDMA and GSM connectivity (no LTE on this model, although there’s a chance this is simply a 3G-only variant of a global model). It’s also 11.6mm thick, which is much thicker than most Samsung smartphones but still is nearly a full millimeter thinner than the original. It’s still too early to determine whether this is going to be exclusive to China Mobile or available to a global market.