The iconic Nokia 3310 is coming back.
Relaunch of the new brick-like phone is planned for the end of the month.
The Nokia 3310, was first launched 17 years ago, has achieved popular status. It was extremely hardy, with a great battery and a now-iconic design.
But it was fizzled out long ago; it’s so old that it doesn’t even have a colour screen and eventually Nokia lost its market-leading position with the coming of the iPhone and the smartphone era.
HMD Global, the Finnish company that now makes Nokia phones, is reportedly preparing to launch a “modern version” of the 3310 ahead of Mobile World Congress, a mobile industry conference to be held in Barcelona, Spain, on February 26.
It look like the new 3310 will riff on the original, rather than being a perfect reproduction. Blass describes it as an “homage.” But beyond that, there are few details as to what the rumoured device will feature. Colour screen? Camera? Apps? None of these are exactly cutting edge, but they would all be a major step forward on the original 3310’s basic feature set.
It will reportedly cost for €59 ($63; £50) in Europe. It’s not clear when or whether it’ll launch elsewhere.
AN HMD GLOBAL REPRESENTATIVE DECLINED TO COMMENT ON “RUMOURS OR SPECULATION.”
Mobile World Congress will run from February 27 to March 2.