Did you know: this was the world's first smartphone to record HD video

Did you know: this was the world's first smartphone to record HD video
While 4K video recording is now becoming the norm on high-end smartphones, several years ago, the best that you could get from the most expensive handsets was HD (720p) video. This, of course, shows how quickly things have evolved, and it's interesting to look back and check out the world's first smartphone capable of shooting 720p video.

In a blog post from earlier today, Samsung says that its Galaxy S (the model from 2010) was the world's first smartphone with HD video recording. But that is just not true. Samsung is seemingly forgetting that, when it launched the original Galaxy S, it already had a few smartphones capable of recording 720p video: the OMNIA HD i8910, the Instinct HD, and the Samsung Wave. Among the three, only the Instinct HD is an Android handset. The Wave was running Bada OS, while the OMNIA HD i8910 was based on Symbian (of course, both Bada and Symbian are now extinct OSes).

Announced and launched before the other two handsets, the OMNIA HD i8910 was, without a doubt, the world's first mobile phone to shoot HD video (this is also mentioned in the press release presenting the device - see the reference link at the end of this article).

Officially unveiled in February 2009, the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 hit shelves in May that year. The handset was able to record 720p video at 24 fps thanks to an 8 MP rear camera with auto focus, digital image stabilization, and LED flash. The camera was quite good, both for video, and photos. You can check out the camera's performance in our Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 review.

Besides the 8 MP rear camera, the OMNIA HD featured a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 360 x 640 pixels (198 ppi), a 600 MHz single-core TI OMAP processor, 256 MB of RAM, 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory, and a 1500 mAh battery.

You can take a closer look at the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 in the slideshow below.

Do you remember what your first phone capable of shooting HD video was? Let us know in the comments!


reference: Samsung OMNIA HD press release

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31 Comments

1. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

SAMSUNG = KING

2. Rager722

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

I remember those Samsung phones with the widgets. I hated those phones

3. sagorr

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

i bought this Omnia at 1st day. i was a king of that time compare to nokia n97.

6. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

First phone that outdid Nokia n-series as far as capabilities during their reign imo. Then galaxy s and android started taking over.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Omnia HD was the best phone of its time... it was well built with beautiful design... later samsung started a wave of ugly and cheap looking phones

4. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

The Omnia was the bomb back in the day.

5. apex89

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 24, 2015

I used Xperia Neo V,my first proper smartphone and also my first camcorder of any kind.Still have many of footages captured by that camera.

7. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Omnia HD was a great phone, and the design looks great to.

8. techneo

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

one of the best products from Sammy was the OMNIA HD i8910. The phone ran Symbian like butter. The photos were top notch.

24. Shocky unregistered

The i8910 stopped me from buying an iPhone and kept me going until the Galaxy S which although flawed offered a lot more thanks to Android.

9. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

i hate that os BADA

12. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

You hate everything by Samsung.

18. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

that is not LG*

26. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

It is a Symbian phone, not Bada. Samsung Omnia phones where either Symbian or Windows, but they where never Bada.

10. RajRicardo

Posts: 483; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Mine was the Sony Vivaz pro :D Awesome design it had.

11. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Mine too! I remember I chose it for the design over the galaxy S and I was also a die hard symbian fan back then.

13. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 915; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Love this phone still have it!

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

2009 OiS available!

31. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Digital, not optical. Read more carefully

15. h27_Venom

Posts: 76; Member since: May 16, 2014

Missing those days when OEMS like Samsung, Sony, Nokia used to experiment with cool designs and form factors nowadays it's just same monolithic design.!!

29. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

miss all those 2000-2007 nokia's design. they make all qwerty, flip, twist camera, dual keyboard, handycam style, lipstick style, square screen, and many more amazing design, sadly those design is totally useless in smartphone era :-/

17. Shocky unregistered

Yes, I know. I still have this phone, shame about symbian however it was a good phone at the time.

19. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

good ol days, from 2009 to 2015 equals to 256MB ram to 4GM ram, I'm grateful to live in this era.

20. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Well, it was HD, sure, but at 20-23 fps it wasn't much fun, unfortunately.

21. Shocky unregistered

There were custom roms that tweaked the framerate so it provided a more consistent 24fps. :)

22. sacky73

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2015

I actually have mine still. Not turning on but I have it still.

25. Shocky unregistered

Mine still works but has a fair bit of cosmetic damage, the screen is fine though. Screen protector has been on there for years, no signs of screen burn-in either which is surprising because the Galaxy S's AMOLED display was terrible after two years yet this seems fine after 6 years.

23. Auron123

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2015

Still own this machine and saving in home like treasure. :-) My first meet with this phone was one big wooooooow!!! :-D

27. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Those pictures are very impressive for 2009. It'd probably beat most of the low/mid rangers today.

28. NasirMalik

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Mine was stolen from my flat by a hooker my Indian friend brought. Missed this phone badly, it really was awesome!!!

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