The world's oldest smartphone will be put on display to the public in October as part of the London's Science Museum's new 'Information Age' exhibit.
IBM Simon, a 200 x 64 x 38mm, 510g beast, first hit the shelves back on 16 August 1994 – a full 20 years ago.
Some of the phone's functionality might surprise you. Simon featured a 4.5 x 1.4in touch-sensitive LCD display, which you could use with a stylus for note-taking and general keyboard capabilities.
It could also run a selection of apps, send and receive faxes and emails, manage contacts and display a personal calendar. Somewhat astonishingly, it also supported PredictaKey, a sort of nineties equivalent of SwiftKey.
Unfortunately, aside from the fact that the phone was huge, its battery only lasted about an hour and it featured a paltry 1MB of storage and RAM. Hardware specialists, pat yourselves on the backs.
The handset initially cost between $899 (£540) and $1,099 (£660), but this price tag was later reduced to $599 (£360). Despite the fact that Simon was only available for purchase for half a year, it is believed that IBM managed to flog a staggering 50,000 units.
The exhibition will showcase a number of other pioneering ICT devices and technologies which have never yet been publicly displayed, claim the organisers.
Author: Aatif Sulleyman
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