The rumours are true – the Nokia 3310 is back, and it even has Snake. The updated version of the early noughties icon, famed for its seemingly indestructible qualities, was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday.
Anticipation of the device, a phone that doesn’t even have 3G, has been high ever since news of its release leaked earlier this year. The relaunched 3310 is produced by new mobile firm HMD Global, which licensed the Nokia brand last year. HMD is filled with key ex-Nokia people, and the phone appears to have lost none of the charm and identity of the 17-year-old original.
Ending its China exclusivity, Nokia 6 finally became globally available, along with the new Nokia 6 Art Black special edition model. The new Nokia 6 and Nokia 6 Art Black Android smartphones have been priced at EUR 229 (approximately Rs. 16,000) and EUR 299 (about Rs.21,000). The company also made the rumoured Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 budget Android phones official at the event.
The star of the evening, however, was the Nokia 3310 reboot, which now has talk time of 22 hours, standby time of 1 month, and comes with the classic Nokia ringtone that everyone remembers. Also, it comes preloaded with the game Snake, which will also be available as a Facebook Messenger game.
“This is what consumers have been asking us for, and so we decided that we’d just do it and have some fun with it, “That’s the unique opportunity we have here at HMD with the Nokia brand.”
-said Florian Seiche, president of HMD
The phone has a slightly bigger screen than its namesake, and in colour this time. It also has a camera on the back, which the original did not. It does have a removable back cover and battery, and runs an updated version of the original’s S30 software. The software behaves so much like the original and followups you might think you were caught inside some sort of time loop.
The phone will cost about €50 (£42) when released in the second quarter of 2017. The original cost in 2000 was £129.99 on pay as you go.
HMD promises that the new Nokia 3310 will be as durable as the old one, often seen as practically indestructible by the teens of the 2000s. The new 3310 is about half the thickness of the original and has 10 times the talk time, with 22 hours and twice the standby time: one month – a duration almost unheard-of in 2017.
It’s charged via microUSB, so there’s no need to carry the pin Nokia charger of old, and there’s even a headphones socket in the bottom.
And we are so very Happy. The father of mobile is at last back. WELCOME BACK NOKIA 3310 we missed you.