New Nokia 3310 will have 4G, apps, and a big hit of nostalgia
Re-releasing retro technology with more up-to-date bells and whistles is seemingly the new thing—just look at how well Nintendo's SNES Mini did.
Nokia, once the world's most popular smartphone manufacturer (going from our school days at least), is jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon with a new version of one of the most iconic phones of all time: the 7600.
No, we're just kidding, that thing was trash.
We are, of course, on about the Nokia 3310.
Launched on the 1st September 2000, the Nokia 3310 featured advanced messaging, personalization with Xpress-on covers and screensavers, vibration feature, time management functions, voice dialling, picture messaging, predictive text input, and games.
It also introduced mobile chat using the Nokia Friends-Talk service, which allows users to have conversations using SMS (Short Message Service). This is a globally accepted wireless service that enables the transmission of messages between mobile users and external systems such as e-mail, paging, and voice-mail.
This new re-release is coming equipped with all the things you'd expect in a smartphone: 4G connectivity, a camera, Android apps, an SD card slot, a USB connector and (gasp) a headphone jack.
Currently it looks like the 'new era' 3310 is only going to be available in China, where it will be releasing in February apparently, but if there is enough demand, we can't imagine Nokia wanting to pass up the opportunity to make themselves a bit of money and get their names on everyone's lips again.