The Nokia 3310 has long been considered one of the world’s greatest phones, and much to the delight of old school mobile users, the device made a comeback at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week.Nokia 3310 is back, and it even has Snake. The updated version of the early noughties icon, famed for its seemingly indestructible qualities.
Unlike the original, which was discontinued more than a decade ago, the rebooted model by HMD offers an internet browser and a color screen, though it’s not easy to surf the web on a 2.4-inch screen. But it’s not really a play for the dumb phone niche that still exists in emerging markets such as India and African nations at $52, enough to buy a cheap smartphone in almost any market.
It also has a camera on the back, which the original did not. It does have a removable back cover and battery, and runs an updated version of the original’s S30 software. The software behaves so much like the original and followups you might think you were caught inside some sort of time loop.
HMD promises that the new Nokia 3310 will be as durable as the old one, often seen as practically indestructible by the teens of the 2000s. The new 3310 is about half the thickness of the original and has 10 times the talk time, with 22 hours, and twice the standby time: one month – a duration almost unheard-of in 2017.
It’s charged via microUSB, so there’s no need to carry the pin Nokia charger of old, and there’s even a headphones socket in the bottom. Cynics might see the new 3310 as merely a marketing exercise but some analysts are more optimistic. CCS Insight’s Ben Wood says that out out of the approximately 20m phones sold in the UK each year, 1m of them are still feature phones such as the 3310.
Opera Mini is bundled for basic web surfing, but the real selling point is battery life. Just like most featurephones, standby time on the Nokia 3310 is 31 days, alongside a talk time of 22 hours.
HMD is planning to make the new Nokia 3310 available in Q2 this year for 49 euros ($52).