The return of the Nokia 3310

The return of the Nokia 3310
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If you are a 90’s kid or beyond, you will know just how epic the Nokia brick phone, the Nokia 3310 was. The 3310 was released in 2000 and in many ways was the beginning of modern day mobile phones. Known for it’s resilience, long-lasting battery, and of course the highly addictive ‘Snake’, this was perhaps the best-loved handset in history.

The original version was retired in 2005 at which point, according to Nokia, had sold 126m units, making it the world’s best-selling phone. The new incarnation of the handset will be sold for just €59, and so likely be pitched as a reliable second phone to people who fondly remember it the first time around.

The announcement came of the re-launch of the classic Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress last week and has dominated the news. The nostalgic handset has been revamped with more than ten times the battery life, a camera and a color screen!

For those eager to the days of text messages ending in ‘TB’, top-up credit, polyphonic ringtones, and the legendary mobile game ‘Snake’, here’s all you need to know about the new version…

HMD Global, the Finnish start-up behind the new Nokia phones has not yet announced the launch date of the phone, but it is expected to be available in the summer.

The phone will come with the low price tag of $50/ £42.

The new generation is thinner than its predecessor and has a 2.4-inch color screen. It will be available in four colors: glossy red, glossy yellow, matte dark blue, and matte grey.

It has maintained it’s best features including a 30-day battery life on standby and 22 hours of talk-time in one charge. It also has a headphone jack, SD card slot, 2-megapixel camera, FM radio and mp3 player, and 2.5G internet connection.

The new handset weighs in at just 79.6g, compared with the originals 133g.

As mentioned, the handset is not available to order yet, however you can register your interest with Nokia here to receive updates.