The mother of mobile phones is back. Roughly 17 years after its debut, the iconic Nokia 3310 has finally been resurrected and it’s fresher and sleeker than what you probably remember. Over the weekend at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain, Nokia has unveiled a rebooted version of the classic handset. While we have yet to determine how it actually works, here are some reasons why the Nokia 3310 reboot is better than the original version.
More Color Options
The handset is still plastic. But unlike its predecessor which was painted only in shades of blue, the 2017 version offers more color variants. If you like it festive, the Nokia 3310 reboot is available in glossy red or yellow. However, if you want it to be low-key, you can opt for a matte finish in blue or gray.
Measuring at a highly-pocketable 115.6 x 51.0 x 12.8mm, the 2017 model boasts a 2-megapixel camera at the back. It is a very simple affair, with no fancy features save from a digital zoom. The snapper is good for the odd shot, but nothing more than that. Right beside the snapper, is an LED flash that can be used as a torch.
Display-wise, Nokia has overhauled the 2017 model, shying away from the glorious 1.5-inch display that was monochrome. As recalled, the 2000 variant’s screen was just about enough to read messages and play Snake. It was flat and simple.
But now, the display comes at 2.4-inches, stretching over the top half of the device and curving away to the top. It’s also now colored. The reboot’s display is covered by a curved window with a polarized layer to aid sunlight visibility.
Longer Battery Life
Per Independent, Nokia brags the 3310 offers up to 31 days of standby time and 22 hours of talk time. This is more than double the original’s 11-hour standby time and 2.5-hour talk time. You can probably go away with this phone for a week and not need to worry about charging it. This is, of course, thanks to the removable 1,200mAh power pack, a 300mAh upgrade from the 2000 version’s battery.
BBC reports you can get the rebooted version of the handset for €49 (about $52). That’s a lot cheaper than the original’s £129.99.
The Nokia 3310 reboot release date is scheduled for Q2 of this year. The company, however, has not provided anything more specific than this April-June time frame. It has guaranteed thought that new 3310 will be available globally, so it should be quite easy to get hold of.