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Did you know that Samsung once launched a phone with a nightvision camera?

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Did you know that Samsung once launched a phone with a nightvision camera?
Quite a few odd cell phones have materialized over the years - phones with weird shapes, unusual designs, and unorthodox stand-out features. You know, phones like Sony's new selfie phone, the B&O Serenity, or Hyundai's wacky perfume phone. Today, we're spreading awareness of another member of the weirdos list, namely the Samsung SCH-W760.

Now, we won't blame you if you've never actually heard of this phone. After all, it was launched only in Samsung's homeland of Korea, where it sold for about $450. That was back in 2009. And the phone's design doesn't reveal anything particularly unusual about it - the W760 seemed to be a typical slider, with a pretty, 2.8-inch display. Still, it was an unusual phone, and what made it interesting was its "nightvision" front-facing camera. Simply put, the camera was sensitive to infra-red light. This allowed it to pick up an image, albeit a black-and-white one, even in complete darkness.

The fact that the Samsung SCH-W760 was a one-of-a-kind product leads us to believe that its nightvision feature didn't gain much of a fanbase. Perhaps image quality was to blame? Or the fact that nobody would really want to have a videochat in complete darkness? Our money is on the latter.

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posted on 09 Nov 2014, 20:10 12

1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

bring back nightvision,sammy on the active series.

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 20:11 12

2. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Samsung's launched everything.

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 21:18 5

3. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Nice, only Samsung. This could be quite a useful feature in darkness, and if they could develop it so it can produce colour photos that would be a breakthrough~

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 21:55 9

4. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

This could be a useful feature. Sammy put it in the s6 and note 5.

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 23:04 4

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Definitely a lot more useful than a UV, SPO2, or heart rate sensor...

posted on 10 Nov 2014, 02:44

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 1940; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

This is funny because even though they make good daylight cameras, the S series usually has a bad low light camera.

posted on 10 Nov 2014, 21:30

9. phljcnth (Posts: 497; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Maybe they can redeem themselves with lightless camera

posted on 10 Nov 2014, 03:49 4

7. rangoj (Posts: 46; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)

Really useful feature for front and back camera. I would love to see this in today's phones...!!!

posted on 10 Nov 2014, 20:46 1

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And some say Samsung isnt innovative....

Lots of companies are...and I would argue Samsung is more innovative than some.

posted on 11 Nov 2014, 08:17 1

10. rlatkddn124 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

South Korea was The Republic of Samsung Anycall back then.
(even majority of us don't even know what Nokia is!) Every try was accepted for Samsung.

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