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Series 80 (S80)

Series 80 was a user interface developed by Nokia for the communicator product family. Its development was discontinued after Nokia 9300i Communicator.

Series 80's earlier name was Crystal. Its description was "Keyboard-based information-centric mobile phones". The first S80 based mobile phone was in the year 2001 launched Nokia 9210 Communicator, which also had the first open version of Symbian OS.

The aforementioned Crystal was supposed to contain a half-VGA (640 x 240 pixels) sized screen with 256-color support, which could also be controlled with a stylus. The project was then a subject to different views from the designers, and it went to the Crystal version which later was renamed to Series 80.


Series 80 devices differed a lot from other mobile phones: each one of them has e.g.

  • a QWERTY keyboard
  • an opening cover
  • a screen resolution of 640 x 200 pixels
  • business-oriented software
  • a support for SSL/TSL.


There are only two versions of Series 80 published:

    Series 80 1st Edition (S80 v1.0)
    Series 80 2nd Edition (S80 v2.0)

The programs written for S80 1st Edition can be run on S80 2nd Edition devices, but the compatibility isn't guaranteed. For example, S80 1st Edition's Rayman game can be run on 2nd Edition devices, but then the colours are messed up.

If you want to see different user interface versions of S80, click this link (opens in a new window). The page has screenshots of both S80 versions.


    ROM drive Z:
    Contains the operating system's and user interface's files. It's on a Flash memory chip in "read only" form, and it can only be edited during the firmware update.
    User drive C:
    This drive can be used as a storage area of the user's own files; the user can save his files and install applications here, and it won't empty although the device gets switched off.
    User drive D:
    This drive is a memory card, which can be attached into the device. Like the C: drive, it can be used as the user's own storage, and it won't lose its data although it wouldn't get any power.
    Program memory - RAM
    This is a memory for running programs. For example when the user opens an image file, the image and the image viewer applications gets loaded onto this memory. When the device is switched off, this memory gets empty. So basically this memory works like the PC's RAM memory.


There is only a handful of devices manufactured using Series 80, and there won't be any more. Below is a table of devices that use Series 80.

DeviceOperating SystemUser interface
Nokia 9210Symbian OS v6.0Series 80 v1.0
Nokia 9210iSymbian OS v6.0Series 80 v1.0
Nokia 9300Symbian OS v7.0sSeries 80 v2.0
Nokia 9300iSymbian OS v7.0sSeries 80 v2.0
Nokia 9500Symbian OS v7.0sSeries 80 v2.0


  • Series 80 had the best support for the OPL programming language.
  • Nokia 9290 was a Nokia 9210 designed for the United States market.
  • Nokia 9210c was a Nokia 9210 designed for the Chinese market.
  • Nokia 9210e was an operator locked Nokia 9210.
  • Nokia 9300b was a Nokia 9300 designed for the United States market.
  • The most common faults in Series 80 devices were the screen cable's wearing and easily cracking hinges.
  • In Series 80 devices a screenshot utility was built-in: it could be taken at any time by pressing the buttons CTRL, SHIFT, CHR and S simultaneously.