When news leaked that the classic Nokia 3310 might relaunch this year, tech fans went berserk over the return of one of the best-loved phones of all time. The gadget initially launched in 2000, and became one of the best-selling handsets of all time, selling 126 million – but the revamped model will have a couple of tweaks, according to Chinese news site Vtech. It is set to be relaunched at the Mobile World Congress technology show in Barcelona later this week, according to Vtech – and will look very similar to the iconic original. The new model will not run a modern phone OS like Android – but will be a classic ‘feature phone’.
Instead of the chunky plastic of the original, the new device will come clad in a lighter polymer – but it’ll come in a range of colours, much like the original. The gadget will be built by Finnish company HMD Global, which owns the rights to Nokia’s classic handsets. It’ll be slimmer and lighter than the original – and will have a colour display in contrast to the monochrome 84 by 84 screen of the original.
The new model is expected to be shown off at a press conference in Barcelona on Sunday – and previous rumours have suggested it will be around £50. The display won’t be high-resolution, though, as the makers are determined to ensure the device has long battery life – one of the best-loved features of the original.
New video footage released by Concept Creator has shown off a first look at how the Nokia 3310 may look upon its release. The video shows an all-new Nokia 3310 that has received a major technological and hardware boost, but keeps much of the original’s iconic design. Sporting a classic colourful moulded polycarbonate design that is 14mm thick, the new Nokia 3310 is updated for modern consumers with a number of extra features. This includes a first-ever rear camera for the device, situated on the rear panel just above the Nokia logo.
Now the question is, which one is gonna be true?? To know the truth, you have to till tomorrow. Till then be happy with your dream and may be have a quick look on the review of the original Nokia 3310 from below.
Endless battery life
Today’s smartphones last a day if you’re lucky, but the 3310 could go on for more than a week – longer in some circumstances. The four black bars on the right hand side of the screen were reassuringly static (there was no panicking about percentages back then) and because it was the world’s most popular phone, everyone had a charger.
And if the worst came to the worst, you could swap out batteries, borrowing a friend’s in a pinch. Of course, batteries weren’t more advanced back then, phones just didn’t have colour screens or Bluetooth radios, but the convenience of the 3310 should serve as an example to today’s manufacturers.
If you’ve had a smashed screen or busted home button, you may well have pined for the days when your old Nokia could fall from the top of a three story building and survive intact.
The 3310’s plastic shell and clicky buttons – which could be removed and replaced created a toughness that meant the 3310 endured as an internet meme long after it left the shelves.
The Nokia 3310’s durability has become a meme in itself.
Phone call quality
The 3310 helped mobile phones being more than just phones, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t also great at making calls. This is no easy task, as Apple discovered in 2010 when the iPhone 4’s “Antennagate” meant calls were easily dropped on the brand new device. In fact, according to Ofcom, many metal and glass smartphones have inferior signal quality to the plastic dumbphones of yore.
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If Keanu Reeves sliding down the cover on his 8110 in The Matrix was the height of 90s cool, the 3310 ushered in the era of the candybar phone: squat, stubby and lacking an external antenna (okay, technically that last one belongs to its predecessor, the 3210).
While mobiles had been a yuppie accessory in the 80s and showed you meant business in the following decade, they became a fashion accessory in the 2000s. The 3310 was best known for its navy blue but came in a range of hues and could be infinitely customised with garish fascias.
Smart before its time
The 3310 was dumb by today’s standards, but compared to some competitors it was a supercomputer. It had a stopwatch, alarm clock and calculator, and was able to send text messages of longer than 140 characters.
And while the Game Boy had been around for over a decade, the 3310 meant that games were instantly available. By far the most famous was Snake II, which needs no introduction. While it has been recreated on the touchscreen, there is no substitute for using the mechanical 2, 4, 6 and 8 to move around a low-resolution serpent.
Play classic Snake
- Use the arrow keys to direct the snake around the screen and eat the dots.
- The more dots the snake eats, the longer it grows and the higher your score.
- Avoid causing the snake to eat itself, and use the arrow keys to start the game again.