Samsung is set to win the race to launch the first Android-operated smartphone with an in-built pico projector, after setting a launch for its secretive 'Halo' project.

The model they have been developing is now officially known as the Galaxy Beam and will be revealed to the public at an event in Singapore next month, with European and North American releases following soon afterward.

The handset will allow people to project photos, documents and videos stored on the phone on to any suitable surface. Many in the industry believe projectors could become as standard to phones as camera capabilities have become, allowing people to share media with friend without having to crowd round tiny screens.

The hand set runs on Android 2.1, with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen. It has HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, as well as A-GPS and an FM radio. The 8 megapixel camera has auto-focus and flash and had HD video recording capabilities.

The projector itself will provide nine lumens of brightness and with potential to display 50-inch wide images.

The handset is the latest in Samsung's swiftly expanding Galaxy range, which will also see the launch of the brand's first tablet device – the Galaxy Tape – which is intended to rival the iPad.