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It is the 22nd year of the market launch of the first cell phone with a built-in camera: that was the Kyocera VP-210


The first built-in camera phone on the market for 22 years.

Nowadays most of the phones we can buy are small computers, many of them even have more RAM than a laptop. But not only that, they also feature state-of-the-art screens and Outstanding quality cameras.

But this was not the case years ago. The phones weren’t smartphones, they had little memory, and they didn’t have cameras. At least that was the case until the arrival of the Kyocera VP-210 22 years ago. the first mobile phone in history with an integrated camera.

22 years of Kyocera VP-210, the first built-in camera phone

Kyocera Visual Phone VP-210, the first cell phone with an integrated camera

Current phones have an impressive photo area up to the perfect replacement for conventional compact cameras.

Although we’re used to taking amazing photos and then uploading them to social networks, the truth is that the quality of those photos was at least … poor years ago. Just look at the Kyocera VP-210. at, the first mobile device with a built-in camera, which was launched no more than 22 years ago.

How Android Authority reminds us in May 1999 this terminal was presented in Japan. However, this device was the first with a built-in camera, the truth is that the idea was not theirs as there were prototypes from other brands before.

The VP-210 or Visual Phone had a 0.11 megapixel camera And it had internal storage that could hold up to 20 photos before it was completely filled. It also had an accessory in the form of a stand that its users can use to take photos of themselves. The official introductory price for this terminal was 40,000 yen (approximately $ 325).

The truth is, the evolution of mobile photography in just 22 years has been incredible. For example, we now have mid-range phones like the Google Pixel 4a, which takes very high-quality photos for less than 400 euros, and not to mention other less economical devices like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra or the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

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