Hong Kong’s Conplex International is hoping that the promise of walking into a meeting and being able to give a presentation on any blank wall, or being able to view photos with friends on a big screen without needing to find a TV that’s not already being used, will tempt buyers to its MagicOn Ayane smartphone.
The 125.5 x 65 x 13 mm (4.9 x 2.6 x 0.5 in), dual-SIM Ayane comes in black and gray and sports a 4-inch multi-touch IPS display at 800 x 480 resolution. There’s a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor on an MTK 6589 chipset, supported by 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of included storage, with microSD expansion. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and comes with a 2000 mAh battery. Mobile photography and selfie needs are met by 5 megapixel camera to the back with flash, and a 0.3 MP webcam at the front.
To the top of the smartphone is a pico projector courtesy of Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology. The supplied specs state that the manual focus projector puts out 35 lumens, has a resolution of 480 x 640, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, makes use of a 100 percent NTSC color gamut, and is capable of throwing a 42-inch image onto a flat surface nearby.
All in all, the given phone specs don’t hold a candle to similarly-priced modern offerings from established players like Samsung, HTC and Apple, but there is that built-in DLP technology to consider.
Intriguingly, at the time of writing, the website of the company’s US wing shows a much improved model being available, but Conplex/Saga Etech’s Nirat Satsangi told us that it’s the specs shown above which are correct.
The MagicOn Ayane runs to US$499. Accessories like a tripod and Bluetooth gaming pad are also available.