Flashback: 20 years ago, the Nokia 7650, the first camera phone was launched

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of a device that has completely changed the mobile phone industry and set the direction for further development of smartphones.

Back in 2002, Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer at the time, launched a model called nokia 7650, the first with a built-in camera. I know, there may be nitpicking with some marginal manufacturers like Kyocera or Sharp, who, truth be told, were the first to actually launch phones with a built-in camera, but everyone knows these were the kind of experiments that ever happened. Did not come in life, nor has anyone ever taken him seriously.

Nokia was at the peak of its power at the time, so it was the first to launch a camera device that would go into mass production and be available worldwide.

The first commercial model of this kind was the mentioned Nokia 7650, which brought a VGA camera on the rear, a screen that supported 4096 colors, but also an unconventional overall design for the time. The 7650 was a slider cell phone. The numeric keypad can be opened and closed with a simple mechanism.

Apart from the attractive design, it brings support for WAV audio format, so you can set your own ringtone as a song or put some interesting sound for an incoming text message.

Personally, I was one of the first owners of this device in the world. I am not exaggerating when I say this, because in 2002, the reach of mobile telephony in the population was incomparably lower than it is today. At the time, the Nokia 3310 and Ericsson T10 were the most commonly seen models on the streets, offices and cafe tables, while managers and those feeling like it had the Ericsson T68 or any other expensive phone. ,

The Nokia 7650 was attractive because of its unusual shape and large color screen at the time. This 2.1-inch screen was markedly larger than the Ericsson T68’s, and brought an incomparably better display, thanks to the 4096 supported colors. So good that the pictures on it looked real and the background images were stunning.

The camera had a VGA resolution sensor, which means that photos taken with it were 640 x 480 pixels large. It seems quite backward from today’s perspective, but at the time it was pushing boundaries. Since there were no social networks yet, photos taken with this camera could be used on websites and forums as usual, and the participants in the discussion could not have imagined that the photos were taken from mobile phones. Truth be told, digital cameras weren’t much better then, at least not for the purpose of using photos online.

Photo of my cat taken with the Nokia 7650 in 2002

Unfortunately, this camera was not capable of recording video, but it was soon made possible by the hard work of the developers, who began developing applications for this device. In addition to being marked as the first commercial camera phone, the Nokia 7650 was also the founder of Symbian, an operating system that soon evolved into a great ecosystem. There were no app stores like today, but various web services specialized in selling mobile software on their sites.

Symbian may not have been the first mobile phone operating system to allow applications to be installed, but it was far more popular than any others, such as Microsoft’s PocketPC, PalmOS, or Blackberry.

Symbian was thus successful and represented a paradigm shift in the smartphone world for many years until the advent of the iPhone and then Android. This era was also marked by several of its outstanding successors, such as the 6600, 7680 and the mega-popular N-series.

Anyway, the Nokia 7650 certainly deserves a place in the history of technology, engraved in golden letters, and we will remember it as the originator of cameras on mobile phones, without which we cannot imagine today’s world. can do

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