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. Texas Instruments makes the DLP projector inside the Show.
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. It is not known 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 possibly record digital TV broadcasts, plus make video calls. It remains to be seen if and when the Show, or something like it, will cross over to these shores.
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.