Samsung’s pioneering new Galaxy Beam smartphone has now gone on preorder in the UK, giving British consumers the facility of having a projector built into their smartphone.

The new Beam is the only mainstream handset that offers a built-in projector and allows users to carry out quick displays of images and data contained on the phone.

Engineers working at Samsung have incorporated as high power a projector as possible in the handset, providing 15 lumens of brightness with a very reasonable display quality and diagonal image size of as large as 48 inches. All of these capabilities have been built into a handset that is still just 12.5mm thick and weighs only 145.3g.

A far as its capabilities as a smartphone are concerned, the Beam is positioned between Samsung’s existing Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 models, with a dual core Cortex A9-based 1GHz chip, 768MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot. It has a four-inch 800 x 480 pixel capacitive display, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, a 2000mAh battery, a five megapixel camera with flash, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera and a microUSB port.

The phone – which was launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress – is available for preorder in the UK now, although a definite delivery date has not yet been set.