Nokia Fans Rejoice – The Iconic 3310 Is Coming Back
Mobile World Congress (MWC) is coming up fast, and HMD Global have some big news about Nokia to share. Not only can we expect premieres of new devices Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 as well as the Western introduction of the Nokia 6 (it is already on the market in China but nowhere else), but there will be a re-introduction of the revered Nokia 3310.
Known the world over as the phone that cannot die, the 3310 was introduced at the turn of the millennium. Initially, it looks like a relic of a bygone age, and to be honest, it is. It launched with an 84×48 monochrome screen, a calculator, stopwatch, and physical buttons. In the day of the smartphone, these “features” are so incredibly basic they’re barely worth mentioning.
However, what the 3310 did have that even the top-of-the-line iPhone’s don’t is durability. You could punt that brick of a phone off a two storey building onto concrete, run down, put it back together and call your mum back with no worries at all. It had a battery life of roughly three months and everyone and their dog had a spare charger (up until the bastards in charge made a new, thin charger).
It will be down to how Nokia balance everything with regard to modern telephony needs. We want that 3310 durability but we also want HD screens. A better display means a potentially bigger phone which also results in a possible loss in durability. We also don’t want a phone that is designed to take drops off a skyscraper because no doubt it would look like an army-grade laptop. Nostalgia will be a big pull, so if Nokia can hit that sweetspot of – in my opinion – simply remaking the 3310 and selling it for cheap, they’ll have a hit. A smartly designed ultra low end phone for people who don’t need super connectivity with little features but gets the job done. And has Snake 2 so I can finally beat that game.
Obviously it won’t give a sudden huge boost to company revenue, but that’s what the other devices are for. A quick rundown of what we can expect from the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 is as follows:
The 6 has a 5.5 inch 1080p display powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset and 4GB of memory. The 5 is slightly more mid-range, featuring a 720p 5.2 inch display, the same chipset but with 2GB of RAM. We don’t know much about the Nokia 3 but rest easy knowing we will give you the juicy deets as soon as we have them.
In the meantime, here’s someone beating Snake for you to get all nostalgic over: