It’s another win for serial leaker Evan Blass who earlier this month revealed that a rebooted version of the classic Nokia 3310 handset would break cover at Mobile World Congress 2017.
That device, as well as a collection of other new Nokia-branded handsets, was just revealed by Nokia and HMD Global during a press conference at the mobile industry’s top trade show in Barcelona.
The Nokia 3310, originally launched in 2000, was an industry game-changer. Although not marketed as a “durable” device, the handset proved incredibly rugged and offered excellent battery life, support for extended-length SMS text messaging and the immensely popular game Snake II.
More than 125 million units were sold worldwide, a colossal figure for that era.
The refreshed 3310 has a lot in common with the original with upgrades where it counts. The overall design has been modernized a bit (there’s now a color screen and a 2-megapixel rear camera, for example). You also get a micro-USB charging port, microSD storage, Bluetooth, 16GB of storage and a headphone jack.
That said, it’s still an ancient phone in the fact that it doesn’t include GPS, Wi-Fi or an app store. While battery life is still great at 31 days of standby time and 22 hours of talk time per charge, the fact that it doesn’t run Android will no doubt keep a lot of prospective nostalgia-influenced buyers at bay.
The Nokia 3310 is scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter priced at 49 euros (around $52). It’s not going to displace your Galaxy or iPhone but if you’re looking for a basic backup or a cheap burner phone, it may be worth a look.