Nokia 3310 has officially returned. During the 2017 mobile world congress being held in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 till March 2, Nokia officially unveiled the new updated classic device.
Nokia 3310 was first introduced into the world market seventeen years ago and now it has been relaunched at the MWC 2017 with modern tweaks.
Many consider the handset iconic because of its popularity and sturdiness. More than 126 million phones were produced before the gadget was phased out in 2005.
The new version of the handset is clearly a direct descendant of the 2000 version, but one that’s been treated to a makeover that should please all but the most hardcore of 3310 fans.
The first Nokia 3310 introduced 17years ago
It looks fresher and slicker than its predecessor, with its enlarged 2.4-inch 320 x 240 color screen and significantly slimmer frame.
The new 3310 will be sold under license by the Finnish start-up HMD Global, which also unveiled several Nokia-branded Android smartphones.
The new model is 12.8mm thick and weighs 79.6g, as opposed to the former 3310 that was 22mm thick and weighed 133g.
It’s also now available in glossy red and yellow color options, as well as the familiar gray and dark blue matte schemes.
Nokia has altered the phone’s main keys too. The large blue button has been ditched, along with the ‘C’ and arrows buttons. Replacing these with a square-shaped central keypad, flanked by large ‘call’ and ‘end call’ buttons.
The new model also accepts micro sim so all you would need to do is to pop your SIM out of the regular smartphone and insert it into the significantly less capable 3310.
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. The device has a much smaller range of apps compared to Android or iOS. Its single camera is also restricted to two megapixels.
The new Nokia 3310
However, its advantage over more powerful handsets is its battery life. HMD says the colour-screened phone has up to a month’s standby time and delivers more than 22 hours of talk time.
HMD Global chief product officer Juho Sarvika said:
”Nokia phones stir real emotions.”
”For the Nokia 3310, we just couldn’t resist. We wanted to reward loyal Nokia phone fans and make a statement that rich heritage, innovation, and modern design can go hand-in-hand.”
Both single-SIM and dual-SIM options will be available when the handset hits the market in the second quarter which the Finnish company says would retail at an average global retail price of €49 (£41).