A front-facing camera is a common feature of cameras, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets. While generally cameras have their front-facing camera on the front for taking photos facing forward, tablets and smartphones and similar mobile devices have their front-facing camera on the back to allow taking a self-portrait photograph or video while looking at the display of the device, usually showing a live preview of the image. Front-facing cameras are therefore an important development for videotelephony and the taking of selfies.
Several mobile phones released in 2003 to western markets introduced front-facing cameras, including the NEC e606, NEC e616, Sony Ericsson Z1010 and Motorola A835. The front-facing camera was originally intended for video-conferencing. The Motorola A920 was released in 2003 as well and may have been the first smartphone with a front-facing camera.
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