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Samsung Beam
Samsung Beam.jpg
Model Number: GT-I8520
Manufacturer: Samsung Samsung-icon.png
Release Date: July, 2010
Operating System: Android Android-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 123 x 59.8 x 14.9 mm
Weight: 156 grams (battery included)
Chipset: TI OMAP 3440 720MHz
Display: Super AMOLED , 3.7" (10.2cm), 480 x 800, 16 million colors
Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900 / CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
Wifi: Not Known
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1
NFC: Not Known
GPS: A-GPS Supported with geotagging...
Video out: Not Known
Camera: 8.0 MP, 720p video capture
Secondary Camera: 0.3 MP
Internal Memory: 16 GB internal + microSD Card
Memory Card: microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, SDIO
Battery: 1800 mAh
Additional Features: DLP Projector, FM radio (87.5-108MHz) with RDS, 802.11b/g/n WiFi

Samsung Beam

Samsung Beam.jpg Samsung-i8520-beam-3.jpg Samsung-i8520-beam-2.jpg

Images: GSMArena

Software Tips

Hacking Android

Rooting the I8520 Beam

  1. Download Universal Androot 1.6.1 (
  2. Transfer file to your Phone's memory/SD Card
  3. Install the .apk file via a file manager app (such as Astro)
  4. Open the App after installation
  5. Click the Root Now button and wait for the rooting process to complete (10s) (note: When it ask if you want to install SuperUser as well say yes)
  6. SGB Rooted!
  7. Search Root on Android Market for root access only apps
  8. Especially the app MinFreeManager (this lets you tweak internal memory settings, use aggressive preset numbers)
  9. Install any other Root Access only apps you like

Credits: raoxii Hardwarezone SG

Overclocking the I8520 Beam

  1. Download milestone-overclock module ( (credits to tiago)
  2. Transfer file to your Phone's memory/SD Card
  3. Install the .apk file via a file manager app (such as Astro)
  4. Open the App after installation
  5. Load Module and accept all the superuser requests
  6. Set the CPU speed you want on the fly
  • NB1: You can also install an app called setCPU which allows you to set minimum and maximum CPU mhz.
  • NB2: I tried off the bat 1.2ghz and it crashed my beam and made it stuck on the android screen. I'm sure this has more to do with the firmware of my stock beam then the module itself. But be warned. 1ghz works fine!
  • NB3: 1ghz oc causes problem in 720p videos capture

Credits: raoxii Hardwarezone SG

Abandoning RFS (aka CFlagfix) Not developed yet

GT-I8520 sourcecode look for mobile than GT-I8520 (credits to jo78)


Firmware Flashing Not developed yet

Backing up internal firmware Not developed yet

Removing Provider Customization Not developed yet



  • Power+Menu+Volume Down -> Soft Reset
  • Power+menu+Volume Up -> Ready for Flash Screen
  • Blocking AD's in apps with adfree -> Use Adfree. If unable to copy hosts file, use 'cat hosts > /system/etc/hosts' from adb

Samsung Codes

*#1234# = Firmware Version.
*#2222# = H/W Version.
*#232337# = Bluetooth MAC Adress.
*#7465625# = Check the locks.
*#6984125*# - Audio Amplification settings
*#0002*28346# - More Audio Amplification
*#*#4636#*#* - Battery Usage Information

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Hardware Specs & Variants

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, February
Status Available. Released 2010, July
Dimensions 123 x 59.8 x 14.9 mm
Weight 156g
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
Additional Features Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Multi-touch input method, Projector UI, Scratch-resistant surface, Handwriting recognition, Swype input method
Sound Alert, Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack, DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine)
Internal 16 GB storage, 2GB ROM, 384MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB microUSB v2.0
Camera 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 720p@30fps, video light, Secondary VGA 0.3MP
Features Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection

720p@30fps, video light

OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
CPU TI OMAP 3440 720 MHz processor
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Colors Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Software Social networking integration with live updates, Built-in WVGA projector, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk integration, MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.263/H.264/Xvid/DivX player, Flash Lite 3.1, Image editor, Organizer, ThinkFree Office Mobile document editor, Voice memo/dial, T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1800 mAh
Stand-by Up to 14 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 20 min (3G)
SAR EU 0.62 W/kg (head)

Information: GSMArena