Sprint LivePro

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."

Sprint's LivePro is an Android-powered projector/hotspot hybrid

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?

Source: Sprint

 
There are 47 comments

mstrblueskys says:

That's pretty dang cool!

Good OL MC says:

It is an interesting idea. Will AC be reviewing it?

Seconded. Curious to see what usefulness might come out of a product like this.

mwara244 says:

I remember when my college starting using projectors in class hooked up to laptops and pcs so teachers didn't have to write on boards anymore, and those projectors were thousands of dollars in 2000. I bet schools would love these to replace those that cost in the thousands and are portable in your pocket than on a wheeled tray you have to push all over schools.

savdini says:

I think that's pretty innovative coming from Sprint - tips hat

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

eahinrichsen says:

Neat idea. I wonder how much life you'd get out of 5,000mAh battery while running a presentation app, powering the 100 lumen bulb and providing hotspot access.

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I'm sure you can connect an external battery to it. Nullifying any worries of battery consumption.

flychinook says:

I wouldn't count on that, the DC IN port is 12 volts, external batteries typically push 5 volts.

If i can get it without the data part im in!

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benurd says:

Ha! Thnx. I only want a projector. Thnx for the link

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Wonder if you can plug a chrome cast into the back of it and have a mobile chromecast protector!!!

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thatguy97 says:

If it has hdmi in then ya you can just like the Xbox one
Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

ryanmtech says:

I do not see why not actually! and you could use the usb slot to potentially charge it.

cp06 says:

Umm, did you guys miss the miracast support?!?!
This works just like a chromecast w/o the chromecast *facepalm*

Hey might as well put that $35 to use...

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brandogg says:

Get rid of the Sprint part, drop the price and you've got an awesome device. I wonder what the resolution is, and the other specs.

oscari says:

What an awesome device.

John Gill says:

This looks great but the part that kill me is Sprint. They are going down hill with no sign of stopping

No, Sprint is getting better and better. Can't wait until Softbank buys T-Mobile and then we will really have something.

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You apparently don't know what you're talking about.

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thatguy97 says:

Nonexus is going to be all over your ass now watch out lol

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

ryanmtech says:

You have to say his name 3 times for him to appear.

Gekko says:

10 feet? i wonder how the picture is? Super Bowl pool party worthy?

how about 35 feet and inflatable?

Ray Allen’s going to be watching the Super Bowl in style, with a 35-foot inflatable air screen by his pool. It’s good to be a two-time NBA champion.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/ray-allen-super-bowl-party

thatguy97 says:

Android 4.2 on that is adorable
Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

Robb Nunya says:

Great idea, but 100 lumens is pretty weak.

That's what I was thinking.

thatguy97 says:

+10000

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

rocket321 says:

Agreed, suggesting you could play games or videos at a family BBQ seems a bit dishonest - unless they add "at night" to the advertising.

abbott says:

Exactly, I have a 2000 lumens theater projector and that barely cuts it, contrast between black and white is going to be terrible

JDMR777 says:

I think it's a pretty cool idea. I think I want one.

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gottria says:

I'm in as long as I don't need to buy the hotspot crap. Almost bought the Brookstone Pocket Projector at 85 lumen but no wifi. Wonder if you can stream movies to it via wifi.

ryanmtech says:

It will probably have to have a service plan on it unless you buy it at full retail (not financed)

dharr18 says:

Is it safe to call this a mobile jack-a-lope?

Get rid of the Sprint part of it and you're onto something. I'd get one if it wasn't tied to Sprint or AT&T or Verizon or T-Mobile (though at least I could use the AT&T one). I like this idea.

sic0048 says:

Great idea, but I don't think the real world usability of this device isn't going to be that good. With just 100 Lumens, you better be in a light controlled environment (ie somewhere with the ability to get a pitch black environment) . Even then I bet the colors on the 10' screen size will be pretty washed out.

aznmode says:

That is cool. I hope they will sell it without getting a sprint hot spot. Sprint sucks in my area. What are the specs? I would love to use this as a gaming device as well if it can handle it.

Jerflash says:

OK this is actually pretty bad ass. you can use the hotspot and connect a chromecast to the hdmi port and connect to your phone and have chromecast on the go. pricing is not bad at all but i dont see actual specs on resolution. Sprint network is also not the greatest either but hey great idea non the less

rjohnson94 says:

I like the idea, but the price is what gets me. That's almost as much as an entry level big projector that would be way better. I would think with 100 lumens, it would need to be a pretty dark room in order to see anything. Sprint doesn't bother me as I already have Sprint. Service for me has been awesome. LTE at home and work.

benurd says:

Ohk this is cool!! Not down with the price, or even personally needing it for a hotspot, but the projector idea is a cool one. For $399 I could invest in a real projector. Hell, for $40 I could get a hotspot device in my home too. I think this will only be a cool novelty item.

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jlgraham says:

That actually does look really neat. Adding a hotspot makes a portable projector a lot more useful!

TheMimic12 says:

It's definitely an interesting idea. The Android part would certainly make it easier to store videos and photos to project. But heck, I'd rather get an unlocked galaxy beam and set up mobile hotspot. Probably cheaper.
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Wicket says:

whoa! this would make a good replacement to my current projector, I'd sans the data plan though cause I don't need it but the other features like screen mirroring and the size is pretty great.

Hutchomega says:

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

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nice, but spendy..

gottria says:

Stopped in my local sprint store and they got 3 in today. Would not let me purchase it without a Hotspot plan and easy pay, Yea $58? a month for 2 years, think not. I was ready to get it till she said I need to pay for a Hotspot plan.

JohnCoxRocks says:

Yeah that's why I finally went ahead and bit the bullet to get an AAXA LED Android projector. You don't have to pay for an ongoing hotspot plan and it's 550 Lumens with built in Android. I don't need all that fluff anyway. I was really excited when this came out, but them forcing you to pay monthly for the data plan is what turned me off.