Brace yourselves, and prepare to receive some of the most exciting news you will have heard for a long time; Nokia is preparing itself to make a huge splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by reintroducing the legendary Nokia 3310 to the mass market.
Information obtained by serial, and highly reliable leaker, Evan Blass, is suggesting that the once almighty company is planning to reintroduce the iconic 3310 as a way of giving impressive battery life to consumers wrapped in the loved 3310 shell.
For those that were born too late, or who missed the rise of the mobile phones in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Nokia 3310 was basically one of the most successful feature phones of all time for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was built by Nokia, which back then meant it was quality hardware with cutting-edge engineering principles. These things simply did not go faulty or fall to pieces. And it was actually surprisingly feature packed for the time, which worked very well with the fact that it was virtually indestructible and that it would stay powered up for weeks.
Nokia hasn’t actually manufactured or sold the Nokia 3310 – or any other device from that generation for that matter – for a number of years now, but it certainly hasn’t stopped the hard-wearing phone from achieving and maintaining iconic status amongst those who used mobiles before the advent of the smartphone.
It’s that lasting enthusiasm, as well as the fact that people still buy and sell that hardware through secondary sales channels, which has convinced Nokia to bring it back and sell it for around the €59 mark. That sounds like an absolute bargain.
According to the provided information, Nokia will also use MWC to reveal an additional three devices in the Nokia 3, 5, and the China-exclusive Nokia 6 to European markets, all of which will be powered by Android 7.0. The Nokia 3 and 5 will be low-tier smartphones costing €149 and €199 respectively, while the Nokia 6 is expected to carry a price tag of €249.
The possibility of having the Nokia 3310 back in our lives is very exciting, but does lose a little bit of its shine when you remember that Nokia isn’t actually Nokia as we know it, but rather HMD Global releasing devices under the Nokia name after acquiring the rights. Let’s hope that the new 3310 does its ancestor justice.