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Philips 160 (2005): pseudo-color display

There was a time when a color display was a sign of a good mobile phone. But there were also tricks for very cheap models.

This is the Philips 160 (2005, not to be confused with the E160) in the middle. On the left is my old practical Philips Xenium 9@9++, and on the right is the very elegant Nokia 6100.

The special thing about the Philips 160 is that it has a black and white screen.

But when the backlight is on you can see the colored background, giving the illusion of a color screen.

I would like to point out that this trick worked and this phone looked more interesting than the usual cheap monochrome models.


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