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Tech & Science This Android Phone With a Built-In Projector Is Perfect For Movie Lovers

18:46  11 january  2018
18:46  11 january  2018 Source:   time.com

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That ’s where Movi comes in: It’s an Android smartphone with a built - in pico projector that can project 720p images up to 200 inches in size The idea isn’t entirely new — companies like Motorola sell smartphones that can connect to projector accessories, but those are often expensive.

This Android Phone With a Built - In Projector Is Perfect For Movie Lovers . That ’s where Movi comes in: It’s an Android smartphone with a built - in pico projector that can project 720p images up to 200 inches in size diagonally.

a close up of a device: The Movi phone is an Android device with a built-in projector© Wireless Mobi Solution The Movi phone is an Android device with a built-in projector Considering more than half of all video viewing now happens on mobile devices, it’s probably accurate to say that smartphones have become many people’s go-to entertainment device. But there are certainly times when watching a lengthy video or television show on a pocket-sized screen isn’t ideal.

That’s where Movi comes in: It’s an Android smartphone with a built-in pico projector that can project 720p images up to 200 inches in size diagonally. It’s available now for $599 and is unlocked, so it should work with any carrier.

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MOVI Smartphone with embedded Projection technology that uses Laser Beam Steering (LBS). A laser beam pulses light individually to form each pixel and construct the image, directed by a solid state mirror and designed to project content from a smartphone device onto a wall or different flat surface.

The idea isn’t entirely new — companies like Motorola sell smartphones that can connect to projector accessories, but those are often expensive. The Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, which is designed to fit on certain phones in Motorola’s Moto Z line, costs $300. When you add that to the cost of the phone, which can range between $400 and $720 depending on the model, you can end up paying between $700 and around $1,000. From that perspective, the Movi looks like a bargain.

  This Android Phone With a Built-In Projector Is Perfect For Movie Lovers © Provided by TIME Inc. Surprisingly, the Movi’s integrated projector doesn’t add much extra bulk — the device feels almost like any other mid-range Android phone. There’s a 4,000 mAh battery inside the Movi, which should last for about four hours when the projector is turned on. The projected image automatically switches to landscape mode whenever the phone’s screen does, so you don’t have to switch the phone’s orientation. Turning on the projector is as simple as launching an app.

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This Android Phone With a Built - In Projector Is Perfect For Movie Lovers . That ’s where Movi comes in: It’s an Android smartphone with a built - in pico projector that can project 720p images up to 200 inches in size diagonally.

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  This Android Phone With a Built-In Projector Is Perfect For Movie Lovers © Lisa Eadicicco It was difficult to get a sense of exactly how sharp and crisp the picture quality was during my demonstration at CES 2018, since it’s meant to work best in dim conditions. But even when projecting on a small surface in the crowded and brightly lit showroom, the Movi’s picture quality certainly looked decent enough. I could easily imagine projecting Netflix on my ceiling before bed or a YouTube video on my apartment wall when friends are over.

The Movi’s relatively low price comes with a handful of compromises in the specs department. The Movi phone’s 5.5-inch FHD screen isn’t as sharp and vibrant as the high-tech OLED screens on premium smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Apple iPhone X. And while the phone does have a 13-megapixel camera and 8-megapixel front camera — which on paper sound comparable to high-end phones — it doesn’t have dual camera capabilities like the latest and greatest devices (that means you shouldn’t expect to capture portrait-style shots that make the subject look sharp against the background.) There’s also a fingerprint sensor for unlocking your phone without typing in a passcode.

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The Moviphone might not have the best looks or specs, but the built - in projector on its back is really freaking cool. The Moviphone can project a 720p HD image up to 100-inches in size, and its brightness rating of 50-lumens is right on par with what Motorola's projector Moto Mod offers.

That makes it perfect for projection in all sorts of environments, from dark basements to bright sunrooms. With a built - in Yamaha audio amplifier, it produces surprisingly good sound for such a small Plus, our reviewers love the projector ’s versatility. “You can connect anything to it: computer

Regardless of how well the Movi phone works in practice, it’s refreshing to see a smartphone that stands out for clever and useful features rather than simply trying to compete with giants like Samsung and Apple. And even if you don’t wind up with a Movi, it could push those bigger smartphone makers to keep innovating with devices of their own.

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