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Nokia 8110 4G first impressions: HMD Global’s smart feature phone for ‘a dose of nostalgia’

Running on KaiOS, the Nokia 8110 4G reloaded comes with a color screen display, and 4G VoLTE connectivity. It also supports Google Assistant, Maps and social networking apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Last year, when HMD Global revived the iconic Nokia brand at MWC 2017, it launched the iconic Nokia 3310 smartphone with a color screen display and a refined design. Continuing its obsession over reloaded phones, the Finnish company has once again revived one of the popular phone, the Nokia 8110, which was launched in 1996, is also referred to as the ‘Matrix’ phone.

For those who didn’t get the context, the Nokia 8110 starred in the Hollywood movie ‘Matrix.’ At MWC 2018, the company has revamped the iconic phone and launched it in a modern avatar. After playing around with it for a few minutes, here are my first impressions.

Curved design and slider – minus the antenna

Those who remember the old Nokia 8110, it featured a banana-like curved design and a slider that reveals the alphanumeric keypad. It comes with a polycarbonate body, and it the device feels sturdy too. Above the display on the top right corner, the phone featured an antenna. Now, with the new Nokia 8110 HMD Global has refined the design and removed the antenna, because, it’s so late 1990’s right?

However, you still get the slider which reveals the alphanumeric keypad, and you now get a 5-way navigation D-Pad above it to easily navigate through the menu. Just beside the D-Pad, you have the call receive and end button, and the call end button also acts as a back button or exit the app.

Color display, because it’s 2018

While the old Nokia 8110 featured a monochrome display, the new Nokia 8110 4G now features a 2.4-inch color display with 4:3 aspect ratio and running at a resolution of 240x320pixels.

Rear camera

Who doesn’t love clicking photos? And while HMD Global is giving the Nokia 8110 a modern avatar, why not a camera? Yes, the feature phone now comes with a 2-megapixel rear camera along with an LED flash. Sadly, it is a fixed focus camera, so don’t expect it to do the auto-focusing for you. And despite having 4G VoLTE connectivity, it does not come with the front-facing camera.

Specifications

At the heart of the Nokia 8110 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 dual-core SoC featuring Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.1GHz. It is paired with Adreno 304 GPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. A microSD card slot for further expansion up to 64GB is also present, allowing you to save all your music and videos.

With Wi-Fi 802.11n, the Nokia 8110 also comes with Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. To keep things ticking, the phone is armed with a 1,500mAh battery that Nokia claims to offer a standby time of up to 600 hours, talktime of 11 hours and music playback time of 48 hours.

Operating system

In the software department, the Nokia 8110 runs on KaiOS, yes, the same operating system that powers the Reliance JioPhone. It being a basic feature phone, there isn’t much that you can expect from the OS, but it does come with social networking apps such as Facebook and Twitter. You also get Google Search, Maps and support for Google Assistant. But sadly, there’s no support for WhatsApp, just in case you were wondering. And yes, the Nokia 8110 also comes loaded with the Classic Snake game, that was once the heart of Nokia phones.

Overall, a feature phone is something that should serve the purpose of ‘tech detox’ but in the smartphone era, the feature phones are also becoming smarter. The Nokia 8110 with banana-like curved design could again serve as another ‘collector’s device’ for those who are nostalgic. HMD Global has confirmed that the Nokia 8110 will soon come to India, and it could serve as an alternative to the Reliance JioPhone.

  • Published Date: February 28, 2018 9:26 AM IST