The devices that made history: display and camera pioneers

The smartphone industry is still evolving pretty quickly and has been doing so for the past couple of years. Given the rapid evolution of hardware and software, it's often hard to remember the smartphones that first introduced a certain hardware feature. True, most of the pioneers have kept their title for a pretty short time, as the ever- hungry competition usually caught up pretty quickly. Well, here is a concise hall of fame showing you the notable pioneers that shaped the industry.

This week, we'll be exploring the notable first in a few key areas, like processors, architecture, and RAM, highlighting the pioneers alongside which a certain notable hardware feat debuted. Next week, we'll be delving in some other pretty riveting categories, namely display and camera.


The display of a smartphone is one of the most important hardware components of your smartphone, not only because it's the first thing you notice on your smartphone, but also due to the fact that it's the mediator between your eyes and the device itself. Naturally, this means that a good display can "make" an otherwise bad device, whereas a mediocre display can easily "break" an otherwise excellent device. Have you ever wondered what was the first smartphone to come with a 720p or a 1080p display? Which was the first that could shoot 1080p videos?

Wonder no more.


Another noteworthy hardware feature on your smartphone is the camera. As high-end smartphones have already rendered point-and-shoot cameras obsolete and are gradually closing in on low-tier DSLR cameras, it's pretty natural to expect better and better photography performance from each new device generation. It took the industry a long time to get where it is now, but that evolution is commendable, without a shadow of a doubt.


Apart from snapping pictures, most of us use our smartphones to record videos on the go. As both camera units and software evolve, it's also quite logical that quality and resolution of the videos you take also got improved accordingly. We are currently able to shoot in 4K, but we also shouldn't forget that merely a couple of years ago even HD video shooting was considered a highlight.



1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

A smartphone world without Nokia is like a FIFA world cup without Germany. I am still waiting for the giant legend to come back.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

They dug their own grave. Get over it.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

But did they went into the grave? No. Why? Nokia N1 and HERE Maps etc.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. Nokia N1 is hardly available outside China. Also, it can't really be called a Nokia product, since as a consumer you can't really take advantage of access to service centres which Nokia use to have. Its more of a Foxconn product with Nokia branding on it since Foxconn is incharge of most of the things N1 related. Not to mention how much of a blatant copy of iPad it is. 2. HERE Maps is just an app (okay maybe a bit more) but nothing compared to what Nokia use to be in a smartphone world. If its not grave then it definitely is lying in the coffin. Plus with support for offline Google Maps in android M. The only USP of Here is slowly eroding. It doesn't really have a bright future.

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

WTF are you talking about? Let's change Nokia name in your first part with Apple ... Voila. Nokia just acquired Alcatel-Lucent for $18 billions, and they still have $8 billion cash in the bank. Isn't this enough to make a new handset division with out the malignant part of Microsoft?

31. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nokia is limited by microsoft contract, in 2016 they will be back, they have nokia research centre, patents, design team including n9 veteran like axel meyer, bell lab, graphene, and so many more. cant wait for return of the king

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Yeah, get over it. A king surely will abdicate someday.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If you stop watching Game of Thrones and start living in real world then you'd realize that's almost impossible considering the situation they're in right now.

20. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Just admit it. Every company have their rise and fall, that includes your beloved Samsung. That's the cycle of real life.

26. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'EVERY company have their rise and fall'....Seriously ? Every ?! You might be living in another universe, my friend, but that doesn't happen on planet earth.

30. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

so you think nokia is declining? did you watch nokia q1 revenue? nsn- 3.5b usd alcatel - 3.5b usd just two division earn total of 7b which is twice more than htc, xiaomi, motorola combined. nokia technology and here maps also do well and both of them report positive results.

24. Simona unregistered

Thought u will say without ball.. I didn't even know germans play football ..

33. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Your sarcasm meter needs calibration Who won latest world cup? What semi final cup without Germany?

37. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sweetie, brains and booty don't have to be mutually exclusive. Close the legs and open a book sometime.

34. waddup121 unregistered

Samsung 2:1 win wooow

36. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I hope Nokia show up w/ a nice mid range Android device so they can sell a lot and recover them

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Please add the first smartphone with: 1.OLED/AMOLED and IPS display 2.Xenon flash camera 3.Smooth 30fps video recording(and also 60fps) 4.Can someone give me a suggestion?

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

We will! These are coming next week!

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Thank you for reading my comment. Oh yeah, I also want to see the pioneers in the tablet segment.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

First smartphone with: 1. Dual front stereo speakers 2. Water and dust proof / resistant 3. Fingerprint scanner 4. Iris scanner 5. Fast charging

22. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Pioneers in: Flexible Display inbuilt projector Optical Zoom Finger print sensor Iris Scanner e-ink secondary display 5 MP front shooter

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think you meant 3. 30fps video recording (and also smooth 60fps) Also add Slow mo recording 120 fps, 240 fps Laser auto focus and phase auto focus

35. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

LG always first

9. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Oh my, this takes me back. Phones seemed so much more innovative back then but only because there was so much more to innovate on

15. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

no first. .for the *fruits ¿¿ ^_^ •Bm ™

16. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

These are all just spec bumps though, not innovation. How about: First phone with a touch screen. First phone with a camera. First phone without an external antenna. First phone with web browser. Etc etc...

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Where is iPhone? :P

19. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Its still in 2008. The age of 8MP Cameras.

29. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014


21. kingsand99

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

Droid DNA? Isn't the Oppo Find 5 the first 1080p smartphone? I could be wrong though.

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