15 February 2017
Do you remember the Nokia 3310? The phone needs little introduction. For few years after Nokia stopped its production, the phone remained the choice of many. Call it the best-loved and most resilient phone in history, you are not far from the truth.
If feelers from Nokia are true, then you have an opportunity to get yourself a new version of Nokia 3310 soon as Nokia is planning to relaunch and revive the 3310 brand.
According to a report by Evan Evleaks Blass, a renowned Phone Leaker, HMD Global, the new owner of the Nokia name, is preparing a handset that shares the 3310 moniker. Like its beloved predecessor, the device is reportedly a feature phone that focuses on the absolute basics.
The new 3310’s incarnation is expected to cost €59 (roughly N26,000) and compete directly with the growing number of low-end Android smartphones.
Released in 2000, Nokia 3310 was part of the first generation of phones that were used in Nigeria.
Users loved it because of the long-lasting battery life. The nearly indestructible body was also a major advantage as you have no little or no reason to fear even when it falls.
The Nokia 3310 phone, which is still available on Amazon.com had range of features, including a clock, calculator, the ability to store up to ten reminders and four games: Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi.
The ‘snake’ game has evolved that different versions are now available for iPhone, Windows and Android phone users to download.
In recent years, Nokia has struggled to repurpose its brands into the smartphone era which has led to them being sold to Microsoft.
HMD Global completed the right acquisition of the Nokia Brand in December 2016 and Phones made under the Nokia brand are now sold by HMD Global, a Finnish company having bought the rights to the name.
The phone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress on February 26 in Barcelona alongside three other new contemporary phones.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.