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All posts tagged "Nokia 3310"

  • After 3310, 3 whacky Nokia models HMD could resurrect

    The new Nokia 3310 is an overpriced feature-phone riding on the coat-tails of the 3310 name -- that much is clear. But the company does seem to be iterating on the design, so we wouldn't be surprised if an Android-powered 3310 surfaces soon. But did you know that Nokia brand custodian HMD Global also obtained patents for other Nokia phones? A search through HMD Global's EUIPO account lists all its Nokia patents -- so here are three goofball designs in its portfolio that we'd like to see. NGage and NGage QD Image via EUIPO. The NGage is probably in the top five when it...

  • Nokia 3310 4G, with Android-derived YunOS, now official [Update]

    The initial Nokia 3310 reboot was essentially a feature-phone with an entry-level smartphone price tag, HMD seemingly content to make a quick buck off the iconic brand. Earlier this month though, we saw China's TENAA regulatory body publish details regarding a new Nokia 3310 model. And yes, it looked like a firm step in the smartphone direction. Now, HMD has quietly revealed the device (spotted by Gizmochina), being a Chinese-only phone for now. The Nokia 3310 4G variant packs YunOS, being an Android-derived platform by Chinese tech firm Alibaba. In fact, the platform is apparently capable of running many Android apps in the...

  • Could this new Nokia 3310 model have WhatsApp?

    The Nokia 3310 reboot was one of the biggest tech stories of 2017, as HMD Global launched a modernised version of the iconic phone. Well, it was modernised in terms of design, but it was still a feature-phone, lacking internet capabilities (hence no WhatsApp). Combine the feature phone trappings with the R700+ price tag in South Africa and you had an overpriced phone that only had nostalgia and battery life going for it. HMD Global did however release a 3G version, still using a feature-phone OS but packing 3G connectivity and social media access. Still no WhatsApp though. A new 3310 model...

  • New new Nokia 3310: now with 3G and heftier price tag

    The new Nokia 3310 made headlines around the world earlier this year, after HMD Global revived the handset for a new generation. It was far from perfect though, being a bog-standard feature phone with a high price tag (R749, €49). In other words, you were paying for the name alone. Now, HMD has delivered an upgraded model, packing 3G connectivity for internet browsing. The new phone also has new colours and a user interface that can be customised with various colours. The move to 3G does mean that battery life takes a hit, in the form of 6.5 hours of talk time...

  • New Nokia 3310 now available in SA, but is it worth the price?

    It's taken a while, but HMD Global has announced that the new Nokia 3310 is now officially available in South Africa. A feature phone running Nokia's ageing Series 30 platform, the Nokia 3310 also features a new version of Snake, a 2MP main camera, a torch, microSD card support, microUSB port and audio jack. Otherwise, HMD Global is promising standby time of 31 days, talk time of 21 hours, 51 hours of MP3 playback and 39 hours of FM radio playback. Cell C stocks the dark blue version of the handset, retailing for R749. Meanwhile, MTN will stock the dark blue, warm...

  • Don’t get your hopes up for ‘Nokia’ smartphones

    News broke last week that the Nokia 3310 would be returning at Mobile World Congress this month, sending the internet into a frenzy. We've seen few details for this tribute device though, but the US$59 price tag suggests either an entry-level smartphone or a high-end feature phone. Either way, consumers are undoubtedly expecting a durable design and long battery life. But one thing bears repeating: this isn't quite the Nokia you know and love. Nokia, the parent company of Nokia Oyj (which was sold to Microsoft) reached a deal with HMD Global last year for the Nokia name to be used on smartphones...

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...

  • Nokia’s 12 greatest mobile phone hits through the years

    Remember a few weeks ago when Nokia rubbished rumours that it was to return to the smartphone business this year? Well, it seems that the company wasn't exactly telling the truth. In a recent interview, current Nokia Rajeev Suri suggested that the company is looking for suitors to reinvigorate its once-firm grip on the mobile phone space. In case you don't remember this bygone era, or weren't born in the Nineties, practically everyone owned a Nokia at one point or another whether it be the indestructible 3310 or the more serious multimedia monsters of the N-Series. Nokia's most recent device -- the...