The Nokia 3310 mobile phone has been relaunched nearly 17 years after its debut.
The iconic device was reborn at the MWC 2017 with a modern twist on design. The new Nokia 3310 is thin, light and incredibly durable and boasts an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by battery life. More than 126 million were produced before it was phased out in 2005.
The revamped version will be sold under licence by the Finnish start-up HMD Global, which also unveiled several Nokia-branded Android smartphones. One expert said it was a “fantastic way” to relaunch Nokia’s phone brand.
“The 3310 was the first mass-market mobile and there’s a massive amount of nostalgia and affection for it,” commented Ben Wood from the technology consultancy CCS Insight.
TechMoran reports that Nokia also unveiled the bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen Nokia 6 crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. Available in four colours– MatteBlack, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper–theNokia 6will retail at an average global retail price of €229 (Kshs 25,034). The Nokia 6Arte Black Limited Edition has 64GB storage and 4GB RAM and will retail at an average global retail price of €299 (Kshs 32,686).
The new Nokia 3310 mobile phone qualifies as a “feature phone” rather than a smartphone as it only provides limited internet facilities.
It relies on 2.5G connectivity – which has slower data speeds than 3G or 4G – and is powered by the S30+ operating system, which allows web browsing but has a much smaller range of apps than Android or iOS. Its single camera is also restricted to two megapixels.