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Comparison - Samsung Galaxy Beam vs HTC One S

September 11, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

11 September 2012 - This week we are lining up a mid-end slugfest, and we are pitting Samsung’s pico projector smartphone - the Galaxy Beam against the HTC One S.



Right off the bat, the HTC One S is the more attractive looking handset between the two. It is much slimmer compared to the Samsung Galaxy Beam and has a great looking unibody design.

The Galaxy Beam focuses on functionality, and has a large protruding projector at the top, but it does carry a somewhat rugged design. Its chassis has a bright yellow ring around it. Naturally, it is thicker and heavier compared to the One S with the pico projector.

The One S is equipped with a slightly larger 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 256ppi count, and the Galaxy Beam on the other hand has a 4-inch screen with a lower pixel density.  We believe that the Super AMOLED screen on the One S should provide a sharper, crisper display.


Though primarily a projector phone, the Galaxy Beam still carries a 5-megapixel camera. We’ve reported earlier in a review that the camera was decent but had a tendency to overexposed shots. It also could record video in 720p. On the other hand, the One S has an 8-megapixel camera, with a bunch of software improvements. Its camera also can record 1080p Full HD video.


The One S gets the brand new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) skinned with 'very-light' HTC Sense 4.0 UI. On the other end, Samsung’s Galaxy Beam comes with Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread), and the South Korean manufacturer has also thrown on its TouchWiz UI. The One S comes with audio improvements like the Beats Audio too.


The One S has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and we believe it edges out the Samsung Galaxy Beam’s NovaThor 1GHz which is designed for energy saving instead of for performance. Furthermore, the One S has 1GB of RAM which is slightly more than what the Galaxy Beam has. The One S also has a 16GB internal memory, 8GB more than the Galaxy Beam’s.


Both smartphones share a medley of connectivity options, which range from HSPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot and DLNA to share content.


The Samsung Galaxy Beam is priced at RM1599, while the HTC One S was far more expensive when it was launched. Its launching price was RM2199 but now it hovers around RM1650.

While the One S is slightly more expensive, it features a great looking design, along with updated software and hardware. Simply put, it’s a great mid-end device.

Samsung, on the other hand, looked at a projector and their Galaxy smartphones, and decided to merge them together. Devices like these are niche, and the Galaxy Beam is for someone who wants a mobile projector along with a cell phone.

The Galaxy Beam is a creative device, but it is hard to beat the One S  - as a dedicated mobile device.  


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