Though MWC 2017 kicks off officially today, most of the major announcements took place over the weekend. Needless to say, the return of Nokia was one of the major talking points, and the former giants didn t disappoint. As far as smartphones are concerned, the folks at HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and the global variant of the Nokia 6. But what created a buzz, and induced an overdose of nostalgia was the modern rendition of the iconic Nokia 3310. I spent sometime with the feature phone during the launch event, and here are my first impressions. Also Read - Nokia G21 tipped to launch in India soon: Here's how it will be different from Nokia G20Also Read - HMD Global launches Nokia Lite Earbuds at Rs 2,799: Check specs, other details
The first thing you notice when holding the new Nokia 3310 is that it is no longer a brick . Gone is the aura of invincibility, and what replaces it is a rounder, colorful and lighter feature phone. That said, given the plastic body, plastic screen, and a removable back panel, chances are the new 3310 will be able to survive a drop from a decent height. The rest is everything you expect from a feature phone.
The new Nokia 3310 sports a 2.4-inch screen, but unlike on the original version, it is a 240×320 pixels color display. The screen is also covered with a polarized layer, which is said to ensure great visibility under direct sunlight. There is also no touch display, and instead you will have to be contend with a T9 keypad. There is a 2-megapixel rear camera along with LED flash that is average to say at best, and also a microSD to expand the internal storage. While these specifications seem to be a compromise as far as modern smartphone standards are concerned, what you don t need to compromise on is the battery life. Nokia says that the 1,200mAh battery on the 3310 can offer up to 22 hours of talk time, which is up to 10 times more than the original Nokia 3310. The new variant also features a month-long time of standby time. ALSO READ: Nokia 3310: 10 crazy things people did with the indestructible feature phone from 2000s
As far as software is concerned, the new Nokia 3310 runs on Series 30+ operating system. The OS feels a bit dated, especially since it lacks some of the more popular apps of the current times like WhatsApp. But then again, the Nokia 3310 isn t really trying to be a smartphone here. Another talking point is the new Snake game, which makes use of the new color display and also gets fresh graphical upgrades. Thankfully, it doesn t lose out on all its old-world charm.
The Nokia 3310 is priced at 49 Euros, which is approximately Rs 3,500, and therein lays one of its major problems. It is not what you call cheap, and it seems to be a bit of an overkill for the features (or lack thereof) that the phone offers. It will be a tad difficult to make someone buy a phone for around Rs 3,500 that doesn t have any smartphone-like qualities or even the WhatsApp for chatting. In its current avatar, the phone is more of a collector s item for those feeling a bit nostalgic. The Nokia 3310 is set to go on sale globally sometime in the second quarter of this year.