Did you know? Nokia made smartphones with AMOLED screens before Samsung

Did you know? Nokia made smartphones with AMOLED screens before Samsung
Samsung's smartphones are famous for many things, one of them being their AMOLED (or, in recent years, Super AMOLED) displays. Almost all of Samsung's high-end Android smartphones feature AMOLED screens, and, in fact, Samsung's been using this technology even before launching its first Android handsets. However, the world's first smartphone with an AMOLED display was not made by Samsung.

Announced in August 2008, and released in early October that year, the Nokia N85 was the very first smartphone to sport an AMOLED screen (a 2.6-inch one with 240 x 320 pixels). The N85 was a Symbian-based dual-slider with advanced features - for its time - like HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and a 5 MP rear camera with auto focus and Carl Zeiss lens.

Samsung's first AMOLED smartphone - the i7110 - was announced in late October 2008, but did not hit the market until February 2009. Just like Nokia's N85, the Samsung i7110 ran Symbian, and offered a 2.6-inch AMOLED screen with 240 x 320 pixels, though this was a candybar, not a slider.

It's worth noting that, in 2008, there were already plenty of phones with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens around. But AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) was introduced as a superior technology, improving things a lot by consuming less power, and offering faster response times. Sure enough, since the screens of both the Nokia N85 and Samsung i7110 were using early AMOLED technology, they performed rather poor in direct sunlight. Also, in case you were wondering, these were not touchscreen displays.

Do you remember which was your first smartphone to feature an AMOLED screen (assuming you had one, of course)? Let us know in the comments section!




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30 Comments

1. BobLawblaw unregistered

Symbian... Oh the memories of trying to look for something in a sub setting of a sub setting in the settings..

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

and don't forget network settings where apn, proxy, mmsc and the lot were dispersed in the worst possible way...here is looking at you X2

2. NasirMalik

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

My first one with and amazing and beautiful AMOLED display was Samsung Omnia HD.

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That Samsung looks way better than the first Galaxy phones

13. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Check the Samsung Wave series. They were top teir premium build quality for the time. AMOLED screen with metal bodies and removeable back cover. Looked much much better than early Galaxy series.

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Samsung wave was the nokia 3310 of samsung,That phone was in a friends hand for 5 years and im not joking. Was hitting the ground every single day. After 5 years screen wasn't broken just scratches everywhere. Too bad it had Bada OS with 0 support and limited apps or otherwise he wouldnt have gone for moto g.

31. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

People have ported Android over that thing. The first Samsung Wave had the same hardware as Galaxy S so I imagine it wasn't that big of a challenge

30. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Metal isn't synonim for "premium". A good plastic back seems even more "premium" if you like this word.

4. Krjal

Posts: 429; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I believe the first OLED touchscreen handset was Samsung's Wave 8500. Great hardware for the time but ran 'Bada' which never took off (because Samsung took their sweet time improving it). It's interesting to see where Tizen has inherited some of Bada.

20. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Actually the Samsung Jet S8000, came out first with OLED, I bought that phone but then upgraded to the S8500 Wave. I remember the good old days of the Bada forum of so many optimism from people waiting for the Android hack that never came LOL. It was a reasonable OS, the problem was that no one wanted to pay for apps and so eventually it died with no support.

22. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

it got the android port with working phone and all, it's just it came so late that we'd all abandoned the phone by then, and also it's CPU and RAM just can't even cope properly with ICS versions of Android and above, despite that it still sees development, and you can see the progress on the Xda-Developers forum.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i know nokia was king before sammy,and wanna see a nokia comeback next year,..

16. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

oh man...i wanna buy some N series phone as my secondary phone so bad :(

19. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Nokia will never be the same good old Nokia. It just had the telecommunication part and some patents. The people and designers are all gone to MS and other companies for years now. Its like Having an amazing dog who has an accident and his brain gets f**ked up, He might look like him but his not him. Its simple. Nokia will never be the old great nokia. It will evolve to just another company that's trying to make phones and nothing special. People made nokia nokia. Not the name.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wouldn't say never, but certainly not right now.

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Nokia: always first in technology, always last on profit. 2016 and they will come back stronger. Give us an awesome engineering design and monster specs that will wow us next year nokia.

26. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

They give us WP and they're back to the grave.

7. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Nokia N97 maybe..!

8. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Oh, I do remember. It was outrageously pricey, and not to mention SLOW, thanks to Symbian. That Samsung bellow was actually very usable. Samsung wasnt that expensive back in the day and it took percentage after percentage of market in 2007/2008 until it became #1.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31032; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My first Nokia was the E71, loved that phone.

10. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

A little off topic, but I really want the Nokia San font. I've been searching forever and can't seem to find it. Does anyone know where it can be found? I wish I had never sold my N95 4gb.

15. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

damn, an N95 and you sold it..???

18. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I still have n73 music edition somewere in house. :-) That phone was perfect...

11. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Miss these phones. Still absolute beasts.

12. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

my first amoled phone was Nokia N8 and it still works just fine after 5 years of working

21. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

2002 samsung hade phone with oled screen. Phonearenah ave low memory.https://www.samsungdisplay.com/eng/intro/hi​story.jsp

23. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

and you've got poor reading skills. Article mentioned there were numerous devices prior to n85 with OLED screens, but none of them had AMOLED!

27. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I remember owning a Nokia N81 and wanting the N85 so badly. My 1st AMOLED phone was the Galaxy S2 with SuperAMOLED.

28. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung I8000 Omnia 2 was my first AMOLED phone. Still have it laying around somewhere and bring it out when I feel the need for some WinMo 6.5 goodness. Probably the best 5MP camera I've ever had.

29. sh_gagan

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

i think you all forgot motorola pebl U9 with bordeless Amoled

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