NOKIA, once the world’s top mobile phone maker, is not only making a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017.
According to rumors, it is also bringing back an iconic, well-loved phone of the last decade, the 3310, which some tech enthusiasts dub as the greatest phone of all time.
Originally released in 2000, the 3310 boasted of an insane battery life in a nearly indestructible body—features which its fans expect will still be there when it is relaunched this year.
And yes, the game Snake installed in the previous 3310, which was so well-loved that it’s currently available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone users to download, is expected to be there in the new version.
Phones made under the Nokia brand are now sold by HMD Global, a Finnish company that bought the rights to the name. The Nokia 3310 is 17 years old in 2017, and rumor has it HMD Global (the company that owns the Nokia brand) is set to re-release the phone at the Mobile World Congress conference before the end of the month.
The 3310 is an improved version of Nokia’s earlier hit, the 3210, with the former boasting of all the features of the latter, but in a smaller frame, not to mention improvements to the internals and software.
Due to its sturdy built, the 3310 is dubbed as the most resilient phone in history, selling 126 million units since being introduced to the market in September of 2000.
But in today’s world, who will buy an old model that had limited features?
Experts say there is a market for such, like those in the field often and therefore need a long battery life for their phones, or old people who don’t want to complicate their lives.
The same experts say that for the Nokia 3310 to be relevant in the new millennium, it must update its basic features to be truly relevant these days, like internet capability and a good camera.
Nokia is also set to launch two new Android 7.0 Nougat devices, a mid-ranger and a premium, flagship handset.
The still unnamed devices, especially the flagship one, have piqued the interest of geeks as they compete head to head with Samsung’s premium Galaxy S8 and even the iPhone 7.
The phones may feature 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch QHD screens, along with fingerprint scanner, camera innovations, split-screen modes, enhanced notifications and improved gaming due to the support for the Vulkan API. The phones also hint at 3D touch technology, with elements of touch and hover interaction.
The still unnamed devices, especially the flagship one, have piqued the interest of geeks as they compete head to head with Samsung’s premium Galaxy S8 and even the iPhone 7. With AFP
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