Samsung's ongoing courtroom battle with Apple over patent violations appears to have had no effect on the pace of its product development. Not satisfied with unveiling just the one new tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012, the Korean tech company is showing off four new devices. See also Samsung Galaxy Note review.

The Galaxy Beam is the black sheep of the Galaxy MWC 2012 family. Not only is it a smartphone, but it comes with a built-in projector. That's right, a projector.

Why? Who knows. But if you need a smartphone that can project a pretty low-res picture up to 15in in size, then the Galaxy Beam is phone for you. I witnessed a demonstration of the device at MWC, and its performance was 'okay'. It certainly didn't blow my mind - in fact, it confused it more than anything.

Tablets

What's interesting about Samsung's latest product line is the similarities between each device. There doesn't appear to be much difference between the Note and the Tabs.

The Galaxy Tab 2 is a fine-tuned version of the original Galaxy tablet, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 appears to be a Galaxy Tab 2 with a couple of free apps (Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas) and a stylus thrown in. It also has a slightly better processor.

For creative users, who need more power and simpler input, Samsung may be on to something. Below are some pictures:

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

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Samsung Galaxy Beam: Product specifications

  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 6GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (MicroSD slot accepts cards up to 32GB)
  • 4in 480x800 (WVGA) TFT display
  • 5MP rear camera with autofocus and flash, plus 1.3Mp front-facing cam
  • Supports Mpeg4, H.263, H.264, WMV and DivX video (records 720p at 30fps)
  • Single-band (2.4GHz) 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • MicroUSB
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm earphone jack
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • 64.2x124x12.5mm
  • 145.3g

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Product specifications

  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB storage (MicroSD slot accepts cards up to 32GB)
  • 10.1in 1280x800 (WXGA) PLS TFT display
  • 3Mp rear camera with autofocus and flash, plus 2Mp front-facing cam
  • Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas apps
  • Polaris document editor
  • Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm earphone jack
  • 7,000mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 256.7x175.3x8.9mm
  • 583g

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1): Product specifications

  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage (MicroSD slot accepts cards up to 32GB)
  • 10.1in 1280x800 (WXGA) PLS TFT display
  • 3Mp rear camera, plus VGA-res front-facing cam
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Polaris document editor
  • 7,000mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 256.6x175.3x9.7mm
  • 588g

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0): Product specifications

  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8/16/32GB storage (MicroSD slot accepts cards up to 32GB)
  • 7in 1024x600 (WSVGA) PLS TFT display
  • 3Mp camera, plus VGA-res front-facing cam
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Light
  • 4,000mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 193.7x122.4x10.5mm
  • 345g