The manufacturer HMD finally confirmed that the Nokia 3310 arrives in the UK later this month.
From May 24, you can buy the Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone handset in red, yellow, blue and gray for £ 49.99. The new Nokia 3310 will then be launched in Germany on 26 May by the Netherlands and Belgium on 5 June.
This date predates the rumour. Last week, a technology retail site in Bournemouth said the delivery time was “mid-June” and that pre-orders are now open. The price was also listed higher than HMD originally advertised (£ 59.99 compared to £ 41), but corresponds to the “second quarter” claims of HMD.
Carphone Warehouse described the demand for the new Nokia 3310 after opening pre-orders for the device, as “amazing,” adding that he had seen an “unprecedented demand level for a functional phone” in the week following the unveiling.
“There was an interest in the Nokia 3310 following the announcement of the launch of this revitalized classic,” said Andrew Wilson, UK director of purchasing at Carphone Warehouse. “Pre-registration levels at Carphone Warehouse are incredibly strong, proving that this is not a media flapping and that consumers really want to put their hand on one.”
The new Nokia 3310 is smaller, more stylish and would have 22 hours of talk time with a lifetime of one month in standby mode. And, of course, it comes with Snake. However, there is a catch. Although many of the phone’s users have been upgraded, the 2017 version of the 3310 will use 900 MHz and 1800 MHz – the frequencies typically used for 2G communications before mobile and 3G data become popular.
These are the bands used in most parts of the world such as Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, but have been deactivated in other regions – North, Central and South America generally use 850 MHz and 1900 MHz – and are also phased out in other countries. This means that the new Nokia 3310 will not work in areas where frequencies have been deactivated and might encounter problems in the future if they are disabled in areas where the phone was previously operating. Available in bright blue and yellow and matt blue, the Nokia 3310 features a 2.4-inch color display, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, LED torch, microSD card up to 32GB And a two-megapixel camera. The 2.5G connection even allows you to go online – albeit very slowly – to access Twitter, Facebook, and other services via the Opera Mini browser.
The restart of the Nokia 3310 took place before the Mobile World Congress this year in Barcelona in February. The handset is significantly thinner than the original Nokia 3310, which sold about 126 million units before being stopped in 2005. It’s roughly half the weight – the original was 133g, The new one is 79g.
The phone was developed by HMD, which acquired a ten-year license to use the Nokia brand in May 2016. The company continues to sell a wide range of simple phones in developing markets, but the Nokia 3310 will be sold in The whole world as a “Digital Detox”. You can subscribe to receive updates when the phone is showing in your area at www.nokia.com/phones.
Specifications Nokia 3310
Size: 115.6mm x 51mm x 12.8mm
Display: 2.4-inch QVGA display
Storage: 16 MB storage with a MicroSD card up to 32 GB
Camera: 2MP camera with LED flash
Connectivity: 2G, Bluetooth 3.0
SIM: Dual SIM Card
Ports: 3.5 mm headphone jack and micro USB
Battery: 1200mAh removable battery
The specifications of old Nokia 3310 featured a monochrome graphics display, no memory card slot, no camera, no speaker, no headphone jack, six tone levels, the option to memorize eight calls dialed, received and Missed and a screen saver. The phone weighed 133 g and measured 113 mm x 48 mm x 22 mm. There was no Bluetooth, GPS or radio.
However, not everyone is delighted with the new addition. Ben Wood, chief investigator of CCS Insight, described the announcement as “the charge of indictment of the state of the smart phone market that the world is so excited and obsessed with a retro phone that has been shipped 17 years ago “. Some have confirmed that Nokia played a clever PR move by giving what is, indeed, just a new phone feature the name of an old handset.
This is part of a growing trend of ‘retro’ products that make a comeback though. In recent years, sales of Polaroid cameras have increased (related to iCloud and similar hacks), mobile phones have seen resurgence and vinyl players and discs are growing in number.
Following the great unveiling of Nokia, the Russian company Caviar designed a retro phone model with a photo of Vladimir Putin. “The arrival of Old Nokia’s iconic and 3310 has not been forgotten by Caviar’s designers, who immediately after the appearance of official information on the new edition of 3310, presented its own version of this phone design with Gold, giving it a luxury style and Russian character, “the company said.
The back of the phone in the drawings is black and a golden image of Putin is engraved at the back.
At the same event, HMD announced a range of Nokia smartphones Android. The Nokia 6 is already on sale in China in January, ready to be launched worldwide in the second quarter of 2017, priced at € 229. A limited edition shiny black model will cost € 299.
The Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch screen, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 16 MP rear camera. The overall version is almost identical to that of its Chinese equivalent, with the exception of the front-facing camera that was upgraded on an eight-megapixel wide-angle lens and the addition of NFC.
In addition, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will cost 189 € and 139 € respectively. The Nokia 5 is made from a single block of aluminum and features a curved Gorilla Glass screen and a slightly curved back. There is a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 MP camera. The Nokia 3 has a 1280×720 5-inch screen, a MTK 6737 quadcore 1.3 Ghz processor, 2 GB of RAM and an 8MP camera.
According to HMD, one of the most important points of sale of the three new Android phones is the lack of bloatware. Nokia uses a nearly unmodified version of Android 7.0 Nougat and HMD is also the first manufacturer to engage in monthly software security updates. The lack of customization on Android means that Nokia phones have a similar look and feel on the most expensive Pixel phone from Google, even though it has lower specifications.
Nokia’s three Android phones will be available in market of 120 countries around the world in second quarter of 2017, and HMD already works with 500 partners to store handsets.