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

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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10 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

bring back nightvision,sammy on the active series.

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Samsung's launched everything.

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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~

4. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

9. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Maybe they can redeem themselves with lightless camera

7. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

10. rlatkddn124

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 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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