Nokia 3310, an old time favourite which was a power workhouse and known for its durability, is back in a newer, more colourful form factor. Nokia has sold 126 million of its original 3310 phone since it was first introduced back in September, 2000
Now the 3310 is making a nostalgic return in the form of a more modern variant, The revamped version will be sold under licence by the Finnish start-up HMD Global, which also unveiled several Nokia-branded Android smartphones.
The reboot of the 3310 is all about going back to the basics. It is still a feature phone, and not a smartphone. It still runs the Series 30 software, has a 2.4-inch polarized curved display, a 2-megapixel camera and a microSD slot. It only offers limited internet capabilities—it works on 2.5G networks, and not 3G or 4G. Opera Mini web browser is preloaded on the 3310, for basic web browsing.
The real selling point remains the battery life. HMD Global claims that the standby time on the Nokia 3310 is 31 days, and talk time of 22 hours. That sort of battery life is unprecedented in the age of smartphones—but then again, you won’t be wasting the battery charge on Facebook or Twitter. But before you worry, It also comes with the modern version of the classic game Snake preinstalled.
HMD Global says that the new Nokia 3310 will be available in Q2, with a price tag of $52.
Update: Nokia 3310 Won’t Be Coming To The U.S.
The new Nokia 3310 won’t be coming to the United States immediately, at least not officially, because it simply won’t be able to work in the country. It uses technology that’s not supported by carriers in the U.S.
The 900MHz frequency that the new Nokia 3310 relies on isn’t supported here. For example, if an AT&T customer wanted to use this phone, they wouldn’t be because it doesn’t work on the 850 and 1900 frequency that AT&T is on.