It was millions of people’s best friend, at least when it comes to making phone calls and some other things you use a phone for. It was a friend that doesn’t get ill, an ever dependable phone. You only have to dip your hand in your bag, bring it out and make that call. The phone is back!
For Nigerians it is a story of their very own brand coming back after a long journey. Nigerians loved Nokia 3310. Branded as a digital detox or a holiday phone because of its limited features, the new Nokia 3310 having a first relaunch in 17 years is the best way to launch a comeback for the Nokia brand.
The nostalgic phone, has been revamped with more than ten times the battery life, a camera and a colour screen.
For those eager to ditch modern technology and return to the innocent days of text messages, credit, polyphonic ring tones and Snake, here’s everything we know about the 3310’s upcoming release.
However, HMD Global, the Finnish startup behind the new Nokia phones, is yet to announce an official release date for the 3310. But it is expected to be available this summer.
The phone will come with the low price tag of €49 (£42). The original version first went on sale for £129 and is currently selling as a collectible on eBay for up to £999.
The updated Nokia 3310 comes in four colours, and has a camera and colour screen Credit: Nokia
The new generation of the 3310 is thinner than its predecessor and has a 2.4-inch colour screen. It also comes in four colours: glossy red, glossy yellow, matte dark blue, and matte grey.
It has maintained some of the best features of the original 3310 with improvements including a 30 day battery life on standby and 22 hours of talk-time in one charge. The latest 3310 has a new edition of Snake and 16GB internal storage.
It also has several additional features including a headphone jack, SD card slot, two-megapixel camera, FM radio, and 2.5G internet connection. All these features are packed into a smaller handset that weighs just 79.6g, compared with the original’s 133g.
The phone doesn’t have Wi-Fi or GPS connectivity and it can’t install apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram.
While the 3310 won’t be available for some months, potential buyers can register their interest in the device at Carphone Warehouse. As of yet, Carphone Warehouse is the only store to open registration, indicating that it could be the only place that will stock the new phone.
By Kehinde Olesin