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Do you recall the Symbian powered Samsung Innov8 camera phone?

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Samsung i8510 Innov8

Samsung i8510 Innov8

From the back, the Samsung i8510 Innov8 looked just like a stand-alone camera. Launched in early September of 2008, the Innov8's claim to fame was the 8MP camera on back. There was a Dual LED flash, AutoFocus and HDR. A front-facing VGA camera was available for video calls. The first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1, was still more than a month away. The Apple iPhone 3G was only two-months old when the handset launched. The Samsung Innov8 was not a touchscreen phone, and relied on a slide out numeric keyboard for input.

The Innov8 carried a 2.8-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320. That worked out to a pixel density of 143ppi. Without a touchscreen, an optical mouse was employed. Under the hood was the TI-OMAP 2430 chip with a single-core 330MHz CPU. 16GB of native storage was inside and the whole shebang was powered by a 1200mAh battery. The Symbian S60 3rd edition was pre-installed. The 8MP camera was a big deal at the time.

The Samsung Innov8 came prepared for video. It had support for DivX playback out of the box and was equipped with Surround Sound stereo speakers. Out of a scale of 1 to 10, we gave the phone a "9" in our review, which you can read by clicking on this link.

Samsung would try the form factor again in 2012, with the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Powered by Android this time, the lone rear-facing camera had a 16.3MP sensor, 21x optical zoom, and a Xenon Flash.

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posted on 19 Mar 2017, 22:52 1

2. monoke (Posts: 736; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Symbian s60 was quite capable during it's heyday. Even took ios a few iterations to catch up.

posted on 19 Mar 2017, 23:15

3. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


This phone has more character than the S8. Back when specs doesn't matter, every OEM has the ability to give flair to their phones. Now, Samsung always boasts their edge and SAMOLED. It's their milking cow. Nothing new.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 01:27 6

8. Hallyu (Posts: 657; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Yeah let's stick with the old school washout LCD display with ugly unpopular boxy brick design like the flop Xperia line. I bet if that's what people want then Sony would have been number one already.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 01:43 3

10. zenun12 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2016)


Haters gotta hate. You are the exact definition of a paid, bloated, die-hard fanboy. I wonder why PA still hadn't banned you. I saw all your posts, racism, discrimination, if you want to praise Korean products, go to Korean tech sites, not here, we try to give honest fair opinions here. I like Sony, but I also do like Samsung, LG not that much. Apple maybe? But nobody cares cause it's my personal opinion. I cannot say anything is king because one brand has a UX with a feature to bootloop endlessly, another brand has C4 embedded in the battery, another brand has done too many gimmicks, and the other brand never found a way to implement a headphone jack even with those bezels. All OEMs have flaws, you're too perfectionist for Samsung, they should be ashamed of you.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 01:50 1

11. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Dont feed the troll. Please.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 06:43

21. zenun12 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2016)


Hahaha...

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 10:22

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Even though I sorta like how the Xperia looks, it is a boring laggy crappy phone.

So I was in the market to get a low budget phone, for my sister-in-law in the Philippines.

I was considering this model and looked at this video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVdUV3aFiAo&t=175s

This thing is terrible.

posted on 21 Mar 2017, 00:22

28. Odeira (Posts: 275; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Would you rather make your sister-in-law use an iPhone F1S, err, Oppo F1S, like literally every middle-aged woman in the Philippines? I see them, they practically only use Oppo F1S because they don't know better. They got swayed by the slick-talking marketers. Even Mama wants one, for shame!

Also, don't make her buy an Xperia XA, get an Xperia Z5 for roughly the same price slightly used!

FFS.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 03:05 3

13. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Shut up racist kid.
Even other Samsung fanboys here dislike you.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 05:05 3

18. Hallyu (Posts: 657; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Racist? What part of my sentence is racist? Again, a loyal Sony fanboy is crying. That gives me a good laugh.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 06:05 1

20. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Bashing anything Japanese because they're Japanese makes you racist.
Wow, now I'm a Sony fanboy? People in this site are funny, first they call me Samsung fanboy, then Apple fanboy, now Sony fanboy, you immature kids are very funny :)

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 08:36

24. Hallyu (Posts: 657; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Nice try, but still illegitimate logic. Most people who defend them are probably pervert hardcore hentai or j-p**n fans.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 09:33 1

25. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Don't talk about logic kid, logical people aren't racist.
I've lots of korean friends and they are not immature racists like you.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 03:40

14. liberalsnowflake (banned) (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Feb 2017)


Here's another reason not to buy Samsung devices because there whole users are racist and bigot.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 05:10 1

19. Hallyu (Posts: 657; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Coming from a pathetic Trump supporter and you whining about me being racist. Hypocrite much? LOL
Good luck America with that stupid President and full of delusional and lazy people.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 10:31

27. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I agree 100%. We do have lots of lazy, delusional people here.

But both groups are outnumbered by the opposite, no matter what you may have seen on TV.

Wonder what it is like to live in Korea?!

posted on 19 Mar 2017, 23:15

4. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


PA rating
innov8 9/10
iPhone 8.8/10
iPhone3GS 8.5/10

well... that's unexpected...
#SamsungArena

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 00:20

5. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 275; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)


Innov8 had an 8mp camera while the 3GS only had a 3mp.

Wonder what the RRP compared to the 3GS was?

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 01:04 1

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That! Still looks badass!

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 01:05

7. voodoobillypug (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


My wife got this for me for Christmas in 08'. That thing was built like a tank! The thing was clad in metal and you could bludgeon someone with it. For its time, it was relatively snappy. The camera was excellent.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 04:29

16. svknet (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Mar 2017)


Looked like competitor for Nokia N95 at that time.

posted on 21 Mar 2017, 00:55

29. dmakun (Posts: 333; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


Great phone!! Still looks relevant even among today's rather dull brick phones. Classy design from Samsung and was in every way a match against Nokia's best as they and not Apple was number one back then. From phonearena's rating of this device one can tell they were quite objective back then.

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