Nokia 9000 Communicator

The Nokia 9000 Communicator, released in 1996, was the first product in Nokia’s Communicator series, and was the predecessor to modern smartphones. In essence, the Nokia 9000 Communicator was the first smartphone, with features that included fax, short message texting, wireless imaging, digital camera connectivity, web browser, calendar, calculator, clock and more.

The Nokia 9000 was bulky, weighing 14 ounces; most modern mobile phones weigh less than 5 ounces. The Communicator is largely driven by an Intel 24 MHz i386 CPU. It had 8 MB of memory, divided between 3 areas: 4MB for applications, 2MB for program memory, and 2MB for user data. Its operating system was GEOS 3.0.

Subsequent Communicator models

The Nokia 9110 Communicator was an updated model of the 9000. The biggest improvement from its predecessor was that it weighed much less (9 ounces). It included the same amount of memory (8MB) as the 9000. Its processor was an embedded AMD Elan SC450 486 processor at 33 MHz.

The Nokia 9210 Communicator, introduced in 2000, was further improved with a wide TFT color internal screen, 32-bit ARM9-based RISC CPU at 52 MHz and 16 MB of internal memory.

The 9210i, launched in 2002, vastly increased internal memory to 40MB, and included video streaming and flash 5 support for its web browser.

Popular Culture

The Nokia 9000 Communicator was seen in the 1997 remake of The Saint, used by Val Kilmer’s character: Simon Templar. The 9000 was also used by Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in the 2002 action comedy Bad Company.

Image Caption: Nokia 9000 Communicator (1996) beside the new Nokia E7 (2010). Credit: krystof.k/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)