Sprint has announced their newest Android-based device, but it's not a smartphone or tablet. The wireless carrier has revealed its plans to sell the Sprint LivePro, a pocket projector running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that can also double as a 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot. No, we are not kidding.
The projector part of the Sprint LivePro can put up a 10-inch to 10-foot display on a wall, with a lamp brightness of 100 lumens. The mobile hotspot can support up to eight WI-Fi devices at once. The projector has a 4-inch touchscreen on top for enabling the hotspot feature. It also has a 5,000mAh lithium ion battery that can be used to charge up a smartphone or tablet via a USB cable. Sprint added:
Users can share content using HDMI or USB cables, or wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display using Wi-Fi Miracast. Through the Wi-Fi connection, users can also pull content from the Cloud directly from the device and stream video and audio content easily with a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. Files can be shared and stored on LivePro using Bluetooth, an HDMI or USB cable as well.
While Sprint is marketing this projector mostly for the business market, it also claims that regular folks can get some benefits out of it. It states, "At the next family barbecue, the cordless projector can be used to watch video or play a game in the backyard. Customers can also use the mobile hotspot to pull and share content from the Web."
The Sprint LivePro will be sold in some of its retail stores, along with its direct sales channels, starting July 11 for $0 down and payments of $18.75 a month for 24 months, giving it a total price of $450. The data plan for the mobile hotspot feature will be extra, of course.
What do you think of the Sprint LivePro and do you believe this rather odd mix of devices will find an audience?