Sony announces new handheld laser HD projector
Sony has announced the introduction of a new portable handheld HD projector, featuring screen mirroring and 1920 x 720 resolution, due for launch in January 2016.

The new Sony MP-CL1 projector delivers HD resolution image via a laser light source, with an impressive contrast of 80,000:1 that provides accurate colour rendition and an ANSI brightness of 32 lumens.

The MP-CL1 is a short throw projector described by Sony as "pocket size" with the aim of being ultra mobile. In fact, the new Sony offering is capable of projecting images of up to 120 inches at a distance of 3.45 metres.

The projector's built-in speaker also adds to its portability, boasting technology suitable for home use, mobile entertainment, and for the display of content from smartphones or tablets. This is achieved via screen mirroring, which allows users to wirelessly mirror content from a smartphone, tablet or PC via Wi-Fi.

Another feature that ensures easy mobile use of the MP-CL1 is the projector's built-in 3400mAh battery, which allows up to 120 minutes of HD resolution playback without the need for an external power source.

According to Sony, the projector runs on the firm's Laser Beam Scanning (LBS) technology, which uses a semiconductor laser at the light source. The laser beam is then reflected and controlled using a micro electromechanical system (MEMS) mirror that scans and projects the image.

Sony argues that this system of processing allows the MP-CL1 projector to project HD resolution images while enabling focus free projection and flawless viewing on any type of surface.

The auto focus addition is the key to the seamless images, according to Sony, providing uninterrupted focus at various distances without requiring the users to adjust manually.

The LBS technology ensures that the projected images do not display residual lag, regardless of content. Manual Key Stone Correction also maintains screen uniformity, even on an angled surface.