Do you recall the Symbian powered Samsung Innov8 camera phone?

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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INNOV8
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)

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29 Comments

2. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

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

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 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.

10. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Dont feed the troll. Please.

21. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Hahaha...

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

28. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

18. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

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

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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 :)

24. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

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

25. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

14. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

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

19. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 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.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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?!

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

PA rating innov8 9/10 iPhone 8.8/10 iPhone3GS 8.5/10 well... that's unexpected... #SamsungArena

5. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Innov8 had an 8mp camera while the 3GS only had a 3mp. Wonder what the RRP compared to the 3GS was?

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That! Still looks badass!

7. voodoobillypug

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

16. svknet

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Looked like competitor for Nokia N95 at that time.

29. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 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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