Lenovo’s into something cool as of late. After announcing a couple of laptops, one having 3D cameras (having a single decent camera on a laptop is what we rarely see, actually), the company just showcased a concept phone which might be making it into reality in the near future. Dubbed as Lenovo Smart Cast, the smartphone is capable of turning into a projector that turns any flat surface into a touch display.
The Smart Cast phone was introduced at Lenovo Tech World that is happening right now, in China. A similar UI to all the Lenovo smartphones, but the device has a good design with chamfered edges on the front and back, and the projector stays towards the bottom. This is supposedly going to be the world’s smallest laser projection module, measuring 34mm x 26mm x 5mm, and it has a focus-free design.
This bottom section can be twisted around to change the angle of projection, and with a 180-degree rotation, the Smart Cast can project a keyboard onto any flat surface, making it function like a touch display, not limiting it to just video and picture projection.
While on 180-degree rotation, the flap on the line of rear camera can be lifted to help the device stand vertically for typing, or even playing games. While we are already excited about this, safe to say that this is a concept phone and not coming anytime soon into the retail market.
Smartphone projectors are nothing new, as Samsung was one of the early adopters of this concept, with Samsung Galaxy Beam and its successors, and a couple of similar products being launched by other brands as well. But, having a Pico projector that allows interactions, and not just limit it to viewing, is the first time for a smartphone. We’ll wait to get more details about this, and see if Lenovo is planning to launch this during the end of the year, or at least in 2016.