Rumours the classic Nokia 3310 could be reintroduced took the internet by storm earlier this month – and now the first details of the new handset have been revealed.
According to Chinese site Vtech, it will not run Android, but will be a ‘feature’ phone.
The design is expected to stay very similar to the iconic original, although will be thinner and lighter, the site claims.
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A comeback by the classic Nokia 3310 handset is rumoured for the upcoming Mobile World Congress, being held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March, 2017.
However, instead of the original display, a monochrome 84 x 84 dispaly, there will be a new colour version, although it is not expected to be high resolution to keep battery life high.
The handset, expected to be unveiled at MWC next week, will also come in multiple color variants including red, green, and yellow, it is claimed.
An update to the Nokia 3310 is thought to be one of a number of new models that will be announced at one of the world’s largest gatherings for the mobile industry.
The handset could bring a distinctly turn of the millennium flavour to proceedings at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Once the undisputed king of the mobile market, Nokia’s fortunes took a turn for the worse after its decision to support the Windows mobile operating system exclusively.
With stiff competition from iOS and Android, the flagging firm’s handset activities were sold in 2014 to Microsoft to allow Nokia to focus on mobile network equipment.
But the Finnish company behind the latest models of Nokia, HMD Global, may be hoping to cash in on nostalgia to help its new handset compete with more high-tech offerings from smartphone favourites like Apple and Samsung.
The new 3310 model is likely to cost just €59 (around £49), according to reports in Venture Beat
The 3310 revamp is among four new handsets Nokia is thought to be revealing details of at the MWC, which is being held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March, 2017.
The new 3310 model is likely to cost just €59 (around £49), according to reports in Venture Beat.
Speaking on Twitter, mobile reporter Evan Blass said: ‘HMD Global will launch the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 at MWC, plus a 3310 homage.’
The original 3310 was released in 2000 and became one of the best-selling handsets of all time, selling more than 100 million units worldwide. As well as reliability, features like snake, programmable ringtones and customisable fascias, helped to give the 3310 its cult status
THE NOKIA 6
HMD Global’s Nokia 6 has 4GB RAM, 64GB of on-board storage, which runs with the latest version of Android Nougat.
There are dual amplifiers that deliver a 6dB louder sound than traditional amps.
Its equip with the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with X6 LTE modem designed.
The body is made from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium.
There is a 16MP phase detection auto focus rear camera and 8MP front camera.
Nokia 6 will debut exclusively through JD.com in early 2017 in China.
And will be priced at 1699 CNY or $245.
The launch of the Nokia 6 in January marks the first new smartphone carrying the iconic handset name since 2014 when Nokia Oyj chose to sell its entire unit to Microsoft.
The new handset has a 5.5 inch screen of 2.5D Gorilla Glass, 64 GB of on-board storage, a 16 megapixel rear camera and a 3,000 mAh battery.
The smartphone is set to hit the market early this year for about $245 (£196), but the Finnish company says it is only releasing the device in China for now.
As well as the 3310 revamp and more details of the already revealed Nokia 6, other stars of the show are thought to be the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.
The original 3310 was released in 2000, as a replacement for the previous fan favourite – the 3210.
Like its predecessor, it was widely adopted by consumers thanks to its reputation for reliability and became one of the best-selling handsets of all time, selling more than 100 million units worldwide.
The launch of the Nokia 6 in January marks the first new smartphone carrying the iconic handset name since 2014 when Nokia Oyj chose to sell its entire unit to Microsoft
These classic models helped Nokia to become a byword for long lasting battery life and tough-as-nails construction that allowed handsets to be dropped and bashed about with minimal impact.
As well as reliability, features like Snake, programmable ringtones and customisable fascias, helped to give the 3310 its cult status.
BEST SELLING PHONES IN THE LAST 20 YEARS
1996: Motorola StarTAC, one of the first flip phones sold 60 million
1998: Nokia 5110 with its changeable covers is thought to have sold more than 160 million
1999: One of the first phones without an antenna, the Nokia 3210 sold over 160 million units
2000: Sleeker Nokia 3310 with extra features sold more than 126 million handsets
2003: Cheap and durable Nokia 1100 sold more than 250 million units
2004: Nokia’s 2600 offered one of the first set of desktop tools and sold more than 135 million units.
2005: Nokia 110 – popular in developing countries – sold more than 250 million.
2006: Part of the ‘Ultrabasic series’ the Nokia 1600 sold more than 130 units.
2007: With 360 hours of battery life on standby, the Nokia 1200 was snapped up 150 million times.
2008: Apple iPhone 3G: Over 12 million people bought Apple’s second generation iPhone.
2009: Some 35 million people bought the faster follow-up, the 3GS.
2010: Nokia’s 5230 with free amps sold 150 million units.
One of the first phones without an antenna, the Nokia 3210 sold over 160 million units
2011: Apple’s iPhone 4S sold 83 million units despite battery criticism.
2012: With quad core speed and a 4.8 inch screen, Samsung’s Galaxy SII and SIII sold 40 million units.
2013: The follow-up handset, the Galaxy S4, sold 40 million units.
2014: The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold 74.5 million handsets – 34,000 an hour at peak.
2015: Tigermobiles predicts the iPhone 6S will be the best-selling handset of the year, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 close behind.