In the beginning, there was the Nokia 3310
There are somethings that stand the test of time. Seasons come and go, but these devices or objects stay with us. One such device that stayed strong was the venerable Nokia 3310. Known for its almost indestructible design, a battery life that would pretty much put all flagship smartphones to shame and of course, Snake II, the Nokia 3310 was the first ever mobile I got as a gift and I loved it to bits.
The rebirth of a legend
So imagine my surprise when I found out that a part of my childhood is making a comeback. HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones is rumored to be announcing the relaunch of the Nokia 3310 at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) scheduled to begin from the 27th of February 2017.
The classic Nokia 3310 will cost around $63 and features a clock, calculator, the ability to store up to ten reminders and four games: Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi. Snake II was my personal favorite closely followed by Space Impact.
It’s quite possible that HMD is pitching the Nokia 3310 as a sturdy, reliable second phone to people who remember it from the first time it was released some 17 years ago. You can still purchase a Nokia 3310 from Amazon but that’s only via its marketplace and not directly from the company itself.
The features of the 3310 are pretty much responsible for it being branded as perhaps the most resilient and long-lasting phone ever made. In fact, it was rumored to be so indestructible, that people attempted to crush it in a hydraulic press.
If you recall, Nokia struggled to penetrate the smartphone market and ended up being sold to Microsoft. The company adjusted their tactics a bit by releasing revisions of old phones such as the Nokia 215, a phone that costs $29 and has a battery life of 29 days.
Apart from this blast from the past, HMD will also reveal a few more Nokia smartphones such as the Nokia 3, 5 and 6.
Meet the Nokia 3,5 and 6
The Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 are two midrange devices running Android Nougat and rumored to cost around $210 and $157 respectively. The Nokia 5 is said to have a 5.2-inch 720p screen, 2GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera, along with the same Snapdragon 430 processor as the 6. Noting so far is known about the Nokia 3 except that it will be the lowest spec in the lineup. The Nokia 6, which was released only to the Chinese market and proceeded to be a 60 second sell out, will also make an appearance here.
We will know more about the relaunch of the Nokia 3310 and the other smartphones launched by Nokia when Nokia and HMD Global have their formal event at MWC on February 27th.