Finally, Nokia 3310 starts Shipping – An End to a 17-year Wait

Nokia 3310

The original Nokia 3310 was released in the year 2000. 17 years later, the Finnish Company, in conjunction with another Finnish Company – HMD Global – has started shipping the refreshed Nokia 3310.

The revamped Nokia 3310 was launched at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona back in February and up to now, the phone had yet to be available for purchase globally. However, through its official Twitter account, Nokia Mobile has just confirmed that the 3310 has finally started shipping.

When compared to the original Nokia 3310, the new model is not so different in terms of appearance, but the real changes are found under the hood. HMD Global tried everything possible not to deviate from the design of the phone that was a darling to many, but those who had owned the old model will for sure see and feel some differences, including a thinner body and much better overall design.

Towards the end of March, the Finnish company mentioned that the Nokia 3310 will be released in at least 120 markets across the globe and this initial shipment is just the beginning, with many more markets to join the party across May and June. Not so long ago, the company also launched a global contest where participants will stand a chance of owning a 3310 handset that is covered in an artwork of their choice. This artwork will also be used to manufacture a special edition model of the same phone that will be sold on a limited scale.

Just to give you some highlights, the new Nokia 3310 ships with two variants – a single-SIM and dual-SIM variant – and is priced at €49, which is about Ksh 5,600. The new design takes after a candy bar, but you’ll for sure love the lively colors it dons. There’s a slightly bigger 2.4-inch QVGA TFT display screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and a much-changed user interface.

Under the hood, the new Nokia 3310 brings you an impressive 16GB of expandable storage paired with 16MB RAM. The back has a capable 2MP camera that is supported by a LED flash that also doubles as a flashlight. The new 3310 also brings you some of the modern connectivity standards – although older versions – that include Bluetooth 3.0, 2G connectivity, 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and PC connectivity.

Keeping the Nokia 3310 alive is a 1200mAh battery unit that HMD Global says will give you up to 22 hours of talk time. You also get a refreshed Snake game that made Nokia phones such a popular brand across the globe over a decade ago.

So, will you purchase the new Nokia 3310 when it hits your local store? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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