Over sixteen years after its first innings in September 2000, the Nokia 3310 has made a nostalgic comeback. Espoo-based HMD Global unveiled the iconic feature phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday with the classic Snake game that was an exclusive for Nokia phones in the past.
The new Nokia 3310 is neither a touchscreen smartphone nor a 3G nor even an Android running handset. But still, its comeback was largely anticipated by consumers, market analysts and tech experts around the globe. This was due to the popularity of the 16-year-old Nokia 3310 that was once known for its robust build and days-long battery life.
HMD Global, the company that bought the rights to sell all types of “Nokia” branded phones and tablets from Microsoft last year, used the Nokia 3310 to bring back the shine of the Finnish giant that had formally exited from the market of Android-dominated smartphones in 2014. The new phone is scheduled to hit global markets in the second quarter this year with a price tag of €49 (approximately Rs. 3,400).
Not as shining as the original model
Though the new Nokia 3310 is a sweet memory of the original handset, it’s not the same from its soul. The phone has an upgraded body, with glossy yellow and red and matte grey and dark blue color options. Also, unlike the monochrome display on the original 3310, the new handset has a 2.4-inch color display with QVGA resolution.
HMD Global has provided Nokia’s Series 30+ platform on the upgraded handset with new features such as web browsing through Opera Mini and a music player. The phone also comes pre-installed with a camera sensor on the rear, along with an LED flash. Besides, you won’t find a small pin charging port on the new version.
While there are many differences from its predecessor, the new Nokia 3310 still has a vintage experience. The phone doesn’t have the ability to run apps. Likewise, it has the Snake game that comes with social integration.
The phone comes with a 1,200mAh battery that is a user-removable one. The battery pack is touted to last for a month on a single charge.
Nokia 3310 specifications:
- 2.4-inch QVGA display
- Nokia S30+ OS
- 2MP rear camera
- Dual-SIM support
- 16MB internal storage, expandable via microSD card
- 1,200mAh battery
Android options in the family
Alongside the new 3310, HMD Global has brought Nokia 3 and 5 smartphones. Both the models run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and come with 4G LTE support. These smartphones will be launched in India in the second quarter, alongside the rejuvenated 3310.