The Nokia 7650 was a device that delivered numerous “firsts” for Nokia and was a milestone product for the company.
It was the first Nokia phone with an integrated camera. This basic 0.3 megapixel VGA rear-facing camera was a key marketing message for the device, which was known as an "imaging phone" and was supplemented by the fact that the device also supported the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), a picture messaging service defined in the GSM specification.
To take a picture, you had to slide the phone open to reveal the camera and then you were able to capture a rudimentary 640 x 480 pixel image that was displayed on the 2.1-inch display.
The Nokia 7650 was also one of the first Nokia devices to support Bluetooth technology, however it received a lot of criticism at the time as Nokia did not implement the Bluetooth Audio Profile so although you could transfer files wireless over Bluetooth from one device to another, it was not possible to connect a Bluetooth headset to the phone.
The device was also notable for being the first Nokia device to support its Series 60
user interface platform which was based on the Symbian OS
. This went on to be Nokia’s primary smartphone platform for the next decade.
A little-known fact is that when the rear cover is removed to insert a SIM card in, you can see a smiley face next to the camera.
At the time of launch the device cost €600 (equivelant to €820 in 2021) making it a premium flagship device.
The 7650 was featured in two major movies, the Minority Report and also Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.