If you thought you’d seen the last of Nokia’s retro 3310 phone, think again.
Nokia is releasing another 3310 model that’s capable of connecting to super fast 4G LTE speeds.
For now, the 4G 3310 will only be available in China, beginning in early February.
But, if the success of prior 3310 versions is any indicator, it’s possible that these could roll out to additional locations some time in the future.
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Nokia’s retro-cool 3310 phone will now come with a 4G connection. Over the past several years, the company has released 2G and 3G versions of the iconic phone
Nokia’s website doesn’t indicate how much the device will cost, but the 3G version was priced at £49.99 ($66).
More details may be shared about the device at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February, according to The Verge.
The 4G 3310, which comes in a muted blue or black color, also has a few other futuristic updates.
THE NOKIA 3310
– Thin, light and durable
– Measures 115.6 x 51.0 x 12.8mm
– Weighs 79.6 grams (2.8 oz)
– 22-hour talk time for 2G phones, 8-hour talk time for 3G phones and 5-hour talk time for 4G phones
– One month battery life
– 2.4 inch curved colour display
– 2 megapixel camera with LED flash
– 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity
– Bluetooth, micro USB, and headphone jack connections
– MicroSD card support up to 32GB
– Revamped version of Snake comes pre-installed
The phone is equipped to make HD voice calls, comes pre-loaded with a few ‘hot mobile apps,’ has a headphone jack and can be used as a WiFi hotspot.
Standard 4G is around five to seven times faster than 3G, offering theoretical speeds of up to 150Mbps.
HMD Global, which manufactures the phone, swapped out the 3310’s old Java-based operating system and replaced it with YunOS, an Android-based operating system developed by Alibaba.
The 4G 3310 battery can handle phone calls for up to five hours on a single charge.
Rumors had been circulating for months that Nokia would release a 4G 3310.
Last December, leaked documents from China showed off the now-public device and correctly predicted that the 4G 3310 would run YunOS.
Pictured, the original Nokia 3310 phone was released on September 1, 2000. Nokia sold more than 126 million units of the inaugural 3310 device
The 4G 3310 is equipped to make HD voice calls, comes pre-loaded with a few ‘hot mobile apps,’ has a headphone jack and can be used as a WiFi hotspot
Reports noted that the 4G 3310 might come with stripped down versions of messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook, but those apps don’t appear to be available on the latest version.
Nokia first announced that it would be revamping the retro 3310 phone at MWC in 2017.
It released 2G and 3G versions that were both available in Europe and the U.S.
The iconic handset was a massive hit with users back in 2000 and the relaunched version includes a month-long battery, 22 hours of talk-time, and even its popular game, Snake.
The 4G 3310 might look similar to its original predecessor, but Nokia did make some small changes to the phone’s design.
The company replaced the inaugural 3310’s monochrome screen, with a sleeker, more futuristic design and a color screen.
Since then, phone companies say the revamped 3310 has attracted huge interest.
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.
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.