Nokia is back with a nostalgic bang at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017! The conference is where all the latest gadgets are being unveiled this week. Nokia is there and they seem to have decided to give us a back to the past feeling with their new line up of the Nokia 3310. Yes, you read that right, it is similarly named and designed like the phone you used to crack nuts with back in the day. Now you remember, right?
The Nokia 3310 was released in the year 2000 and became one of the most popular and best-selling phones in history. The phone was well known for keeping its charge for a very long time, some even say months. Yet another iconic feature was “SNAKE”. What comes to mind here? Of course, you immediately remember playing the game on countless occasions trying to beat your best score and trying to prove you are the best. There weren’t much choice of addicting games back then as they are now. Some have even referred to the game as the Angry Birds of its day or the Candy Crush of its day.
The phone was simply brilliantly engineered and offered all the basic services with no compromise to the build quality. It just felt right as you held it on your hand. The buttons on the keypad were soft and lovely to use. We typed and typed on that keypad until the imprints on the keys were no longer visible. A lasting memory of where every number, letter and symbol are and will forever remain in our sub-conscious.
The Nokia brand was the most loved in Africa and other emerging and developing markets. It was cheaper and did the job. You can still find a person (mostly m-Pesa agents) with the 3310. Maybe it’s because of its cryptographic features or more probably because it also doubles up as a weapon (Laughing to myself).
Let us now check out what Nokia did with the new 3310.
MEET THE AL NEW UPDATED NOKIA 3310
The phone comes in 4 variants as seen above in 4 different colours (Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish). The phone looks beautiful with its modern design, like a grown up son. As father-like-son, the New Nokia 3310 has a whole newly designed SNAKE game for all the enthusiasts that still walk amongst us. Built by GameLoft as all other popular games we played back then, the design is simply amazingly stunning. Here are some images provided by Nokia.
If you are wondering about the features it packs, here they are:
It comes with a 4” QVGA display, the Nokia Series 30+ Operating System and 16 MB of storage expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card. The phone can play MP3 music and also FM radio. Connectivity is limited to only 2G networks using the Opera Mini browser.
If you just want to take quick simple photos, you can using the 2MP camera with LED flash. Surprisingly or not, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM support is also included and it also uses a Micro USB (USB 2.0) for charging and connectivity.
The battery life is one of the main selling points. Here are the full stats:
- Battery type – Removable 1200 mAh battery
- Talk time – Up to 22.1 hours
- Standby time – Up to 31 days
- MP3 playback time – Up to 51 hours
- FM radio playback time – Up to 39 hours
The 3310 is just a feature phone to say the least. But Nokia also released not one, not two but THREE other smartphones to mark its entry back into the mobile devices market. These are the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 which are simply gorgeous and offer a pure Android experience with nice little features here and there.
Nokia is an amazing company but it will take more than just a nostalgic play to take back its dominance. The Nokia 3310 goes for quite a high price here in Kenya. 49 Euros (£49) or 52 Dollars ($52) is Ksh. 5200 here in Kenya. That amount of money can be used to acquire a more powerful smartphone made by our friends from China. The Kaduda Smart is even cheaper and is a full smartphone with a touchscreen.
Nokia will have to come up with a truly amazing premium device in order to stand out from the crowd this year and beat Samsung and Apple at their own game. You never know, they have been keeping things under wraps for a long time and may just surprise us!
Keep tabs on this blog for more tech news us they are unveiled at the MWC 2017.