- Tram Ho
The T86, launched in 2001, marked some of Ericsson’s first steps, by being the first to have a color screen and the first to have an internal antenna. The T86 is not the first phone to support the camera, but this is Ericsson’s first device to work well enough for people to remember.
The camera of the device is not integrated above, but an external accessory, with the name MCA-25 CommuniCam. This removable camera has VGA resolution (640×480 pixels) and has enough internal memory to hold 14 highest resolution photos, or 200 small resolution images of only 80 x 60 pixels, just enough to make an avatar in. Contacts, in addition, transferring that tiny image from the camera’s memory to the phone takes up to half a minute.
This module is an upgrade from the MCA-10 used on older Ericsson phones, with a resolution of just 352×288 pixels and for phones with black and white screens. Anyway, the module has an optical viewfinder so the black and white screen is not an important issue when taking pictures.
The first camera-integrated phone, the Nokia 7650, was released in 2002 and it is quite large, unlike the T68.
Although small, but T68 is integrated quite a lot of technology, such as 2G network, WAP, along with bluetooth and infrared to send files. Later, the device received an update to support MMS, email, … this is one of the phones with the most communication technology in the period 2001/2002.
Ericsson has its own reason to push MMS – in 2001, it revealed network hardware (and software for real-time payments), which carriers could use to launch their own MMS service. .
To this day, Ericsson’s telecom business remains stable. In fact, this is one of the few companies that are building a 5G network.
Back to T68. The screen is very small, but it can display 256 colors, something very few phones can do before. The 101 x 80px resolution is not the best to view photos taken with your phone, but you can always email to show off your photos to others on their computer and be jealous. In addition, when Ericsson is pushing MMS, a color screen is a must.
For email, you can also use another accessory, the CHA-10 Chatboard. This is a full QWERTY keyboard, plugged into the same port as the camera. If not, you must type the message with the keyboard T9 and so it is “tortured”.
You can send the highest resolution 640 x 480px photo via email, but with MMS it’s only limited to 160 x 120px. In the manual, Ericsson calls these resolutions “Extra Large” and “Medium” (“Large” 320 x 240px.) The Extra Large uses all the resolution of a separate 0.3MP camera, only yet. By 20 years later, we have a 108MP camera built right into the phone.
A lot has changed. So does Ericsson itself, from the alliance with Sony to making phones, to the division and now the phone division belongs to Sony.
Another interesting information is the Sony Ericsson T68i is the first real mobile phone to appear in the movie. The device is present in Die Another Day, which is used by the character Jinx (Hale Berry).
Sony Ericsson T68i in Die Another Day
Ericsson T68 is a standout product in its time, with technology advanced enough to give you an Internet connection on the go, but not advanced enough to allow you to do a lot of work with it. You can take pictures, but it takes years before the phone replaces point and shoot cameras. However, the T68 and the like make us feel like we’re living with future technologies.
The T68 is basically the last phone to be released under the Ericsson brand. In fact, a few months later, it was re-released under the Sony Ericsson T68i brand with only minor design changes and new software updates (also updated for older models).
Source : Genk