Surely you have seen on your Facebook wall or Instagram feed countless photos of your friends comparing a photo from 10 years ago with a current one. # 10YearChallenge, they call it. We are not going to do it with our faces, since we are talking about cell phones and mobile phones, we are going to talk today.
To contribute our bit to this peculiar “challenge”, we have taken some photos of the mobiles launched by the main manufacturers ten years ago and we have put them next to their latest releases. Evolution is, at least, worthy of admiration. After all, in just 10 years we have gone from mobile phones with keys to endless screens boring.
Samsung, from the antenna to the OLED screen of the Note 9
We started with one of the veterans in the field of mobile telephony, Samsung. In 2009, the company was still making what we would now call feature phones, that is, basic phones to call and send messages. One of them was the Samsung I6210, which was launched in March 2009 with a 2.4-inch TFT screen, 29 MB of internal storage and microSD. Its price was about 80 euros, something more than 100 current euros if we adjust for inflation.
A lot has rained since then, and now the firm stands out for its Galaxy and Note range. Its latest flagship is the Note 9, with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display and QHD + resolution, up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage and recently upgraded to Android 9 Foot. Its launch price was 1,009 euros the most basic model.
Sony, from the Walkman range to the Xperia XZ3
Sony, or rather, Sony Ericsson, also manufactured phones back in 2009, and if we talk about them we can not leave the W995 Walkman aside. It mounted a 2.6-inch screen with 240 x 320 pixels resolution and capacity for 262,144 colors, WiFi connectivity, 118 MB of expandable storage, as well as an 8.1 megapixel camera with x16 digital zoom. Its launch price was about 100 euros, about 115 euros adjusted to the current value.
Currently, the Sony high-end is the Xperia XZ3, a device with OLED screen of six inches and QHD + resolution, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a rear camera of 19 megapixels with the possibility of uploading up to ISO 12800. Its price of launch was 799 euros.
LG has also increased in level
More of the same happens with LG. The Korean company manufactured basic telephones back in 2009, and one of them was the LG GM210. Noted for its two-inch TFT panel with resolution 240 x 320 pixels, the two megapixel camera, 50 MB of internal storage and a battery of 800 mAh. It was worth about 50 euros, just under 60 euros adjusting for inflation.
10YearChallenge, the mobiles of the main brands have changed in a decade
The firm’s latest high-end model is the LG G7 ThinQ, a 6.1-inch IPS display terminal with QHD + resolution, Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a double 16+ camera. 16 megapixels with wide-angle lens. It was launched to the market for 849 euros.
Huawei, from modems to smartphones with triple camera
We went to one of the quintessential Chinese brands and the second best seller in the world, Huawei. Huawei launched its first mobile in the MWC of 2009, the U8220, but until then it stood out for the modems and the connectivity equipment. One of its stars was the i-MO wireless modem, a modem that HSPA connectivity of up to 7.2 Mbps download).
Now, the top of Huawei is the Mate 20 Pro, a high-end terminal with the Kirin 980 processor made in the house itself, up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, triple camera of 40 + 20 + 8 megapixels and 6.3-inch AMOLED screen with QHD + resolution. Oh, and fingerprint reader under the screen. It went on the market for 1,049 euros.
HTC, the pioneer in the world of Android
HTC was one of the most emblematic firms during the first years of Android life. The HTC Magic caused a tremendous stir by implementing Android and removing the physical keyboard of the HTC Dream. It had a 3.2-inch panel with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 3.2 megapixel camera, 288 MB of RAM and 512 B of storage and 1340 mAh of battery. It was launched for about 199 euros, which would be worth 225 euros currently.
A decade later, the firm launched the HTC U12 +, a full-scale high-end with six-inch Super LCD screen and QHD + resolution, 6 GB of RAM, Snapdrafon 845 processor and dual 12 + 16 megapixel camera, as well as 3,420 mAh battery. Its base price was 799 euros.
OPPO has also changed radically
OPPO has completed 10 years in the mobile market in 2019. One of its first launches was the OPPO P51, a terminal that could pass perfectly for a Sony Ericsson if not for the logo of the brand in the front. It had a 2.4-inch TFT screen, 87 MB of RAM and a five-megapixel camera.
Little has that model to do with the OPPO Find X, one of the most peculiar terminals of last year that flees from the notch by means of a retractable mechanism for the front camera. Its screen is a 6.4-inch FullHD + OLED, has 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage and dual rear camera of 16 + 20 megapixels. It went on the market for 999 euros.
Xiaomi, the one that did not exist by those then
We arrived at Xiaomi, from which we can not talk too much since it did not exist. The firm was founded in China in April 2010 and its first device, the Mi 1, had to wait until 2011 to see the light.
As for the news, the company in 2018 stood out for the launch of the Mi MIX 3, a mobile with Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 10 GB of RAM, sliding screen of 6.39 inches FullHD + and up to 256 GB of internal storage whose price It is 499 euros.
Motorola, one of the veterans
We went to Motorola, which had been manufacturing mobile devices for some time. One of the most peculiar presented in 2009 was the Motorola Milestone, which had a sliding screen with which to access the keyboard. Its panel was a 3.7-inch TFT, had 256 MB of RAM, 133 MB of storage, 1400 mAh battery and Android Eclair 2.1, although it was upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. It went for around 130 euros, which is equivalent to 147 current euros.
Currently, the firm has opted for the mid-range, being the Motorola Moto G6 Plus one of its greatest exponents. This has an IPS panel of 5.9 inches FullHD +, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, Snapdragon 630 processor and a 3,200 mAh battery, as well as a double rear camera. It went on the market for 299 euros.
Nokia, the Finn who occupied the throne
The queen of the mobile telephony of yesteryear, Nokia, has also undergone an interesting evolution. In 2009, Nokia had a market share close to 40%, and one of the models launched that year was the Nokia 6720 Classic. Symbian ran inside and mounted a 2.2-inch TFT panel with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 1,050 mAh battery. 90 euros was its launch price, about 100 adjusting for inflation.
After a long lethargy, being bought by Microsoft and passed into the hands of HMD Global, the company showed us in February 2018 the Nokia 8 Sirocco, a device with a 5.5-inch pOLED panel, 6 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835 processor , 128 GB of storage and 3,260 mAh of battery. His starting price was 749 euros.
Apple and the ‘notchification’
We ended up with the apple company, Apple. The Cupertino firm launched in June 2009 the iPhone 3GS, an evolution of the iPhone 3G with a 3.5-inch LCD screen and resolution 480 x 320 pixels (without notch, yes), between 8 and 32 GB of storage, 256 MB of RAM and a three megapixel camera. It went for around 499 euros, which, adjusting to current prices, would be about 566 euros.
In 2018 the firm launched three devices, highlighting one of them: the iPhone XS Max. It incorporates a 6.5-inch OLED Super Retina HD screen, 4 GB of RAM, the Bionic A12 processor, up to 512 GB of internal memory, a dual 12 + 12 megapixel rear camera and iOS 12 as the operating system. Its launch price was 1,159 euros for the most basic model.