The Nokia 3310 Is Making a Comeback!

The rumours are true – the Nokia 3310 is really making a comeback and will be available for purchase at some point this spring.  One of the first phones that many of us 90’s children had, the phone is a great retro throwback to the early 2000’s, and even comes complete with snake!  Reading this news got us excited at Tech Scorpion, so we thought we’d take a closer look!

What’s Included?

Even though technology has advanced A LOT in the 17 years since the original 3310 was released, Nokia have gone back to basics with their new 3310.  It hasn’t got any of the apps many of us are used to on our modern smartphones, there’s no wi-fi capability and it runs on the 2G network – which is being phased out in a lot of countries – so while you may be able to load the odd webpage, expect the load times to be similar to how they were back in 2000.

However, this isn’t what most purchasers of the 3310 will be looking for anyway.  They’ll be looking for a retro phone that looks and acts the same as the original.  In that case, the device has you covered.  Nokia has updated the screen size to 2.4 inches, and it’s also a colour screen now as opposed to the original monochrome design.  The phone is also slightly smaller and sleeker than the original, coming in at 115.6mm x 51mm x 12.8mm.

The main features on the new Nokia 3310 are an LED torch, FM radio, a 2 megapixel camera, and Bluetooth.  The phone also supports a Micro SD card up to 32GB, and dual SIM.

Anything Else We Should Know?

The battery life on the new Nokia 3310 is said to last for a month if left on standby.  This could make it the ideal option for those visiting festivals this summer, as it will save you needing to carry external chargers and the like.  It reportedly has 22 hours of talk time too.  The battery on the new 3310 is also removable, like in the old days, so those who do want to take it to festivals, as just one example, could always take extra batteries should they think they’ll need them.

The new 3310 is available in four colours: matte grey and blue and gloss yellow and red, and is also almost half the weight of the original, coming in at just 79 grams.

Also… there’s Snake!

The Digital Detox Phone

The new Nokia 3310 is going to be sold worldwide and is being billed as a “digital detox” phone.  I can see the attraction of this, especially with our modern day lives being so inter connected with social media that there’s often no time to break away from it and truly escape.

Although the release date hasn’t yet been announced, it is expected to be launched this spring.  UK customers can expect to pay around £41.00 for the phone, which is possibly another reason why there has been an upsurge in interest.  The iPhone 7 Plus, to put things into perspective, is currently over £800 for the mid range model.

The Future

According to the buying director at Carphone Warehouse, interest has been huge for the new Nokia 3310, and a lot of people have pre-registered for the device.  Not everyone is as certain about the future, though, with some believing it to be a good PR move by giving a new phone the name of an old handset, and others thinking that it is worrying for the smartphone market in general.

Whether or not you are interested in going back to basics, please do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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