Finnish company HMD Global revived the Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017) on Sunday night along with Nokia 3, 5 and 6 Android phones.
The intro was swift: HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela held up the phone and said the only three things that matter. Its battery lasts a month, it has Snake, and it has the Nokia ringtone. And then he was gone
Nokia didn’t dwell on the new 3310 (below) too much, although it’s getting the most love on the internet right now. Running Symbian 30, it’s not going to replace your smartphone anytime soon, but with a staggering 22 hours of promised talk time and a solid month of standby, it could be a great backup phone to have for emergencies, festivals, camping (or anywhere you wouldn’t want to take your regular phone).
We liked the fact that it didn’t take too long to reacquaint with that old three-by-three grid of icons at all. There’s no volume control on the sides; you can assign two of the number keys to double as volume up and down.
We don’t like that there’s two very similar icons for the web browser (a big ‘O’ for Opera) and the app store (a big ‘O’ for Ovi), which is confusing enough itself, but they’re also right next to each other. Again, you’re probably not going to be spending a lot of time browsing the web on this, but you might want to download some more games once you get bored of Snake.
Yeah, Snake’s back, but depressingly, neither of the 3310s we got to play with had it installed. We can only assume that it’s just as good as we remember it…
There’ll be both single and dual SIM editions, going for the same price—a low, low $51. A retro phone with a retro price. As with the new Nokia Android phones, the Nokia 3310 will hit stores this summer. Check back for more details and reviews as the phones become available.