The original Nokia 3310 remains to be one of the best-selling phones that Nokia has ever released in its entire history, perhaps which is why we have a new model for 2017.
The revamped Nokia 3310 came in courtesy of the MWC 2017 show in Barcelona back in February, an event that also gave birth to the likes of Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 (although those in China had already seen the Nokia 6 back in January this year).
While it’s true that some retailers are already selling the Nokia 3310 in Kenya, the phone has not yet hit the market on an official note. It’s basically the reason why you’ll come across some weird prices for the phone, but with a little patience, you’ll soon be able to get the same phone at the right price.
The new Nokia 3310 picks a few things from the original model and adds a few other tweaks here and there to come up with a beautiful design and reworked internals. As noted earlier, the 3310 is among the best-selling phones from Nokia and this was because of the phone’s robust build and long-lasting battery life.
Well, the new phone builds from these success factors, upping the battery capacity to a decent 1200mAh while at the same time throwing in a microUSB port for PC connectivity and charging (same as your current smartphone) as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. Fans of the legendary Snake game will not miss it either and in fact, the screen on which to play the game is now much better at 2.4 inches, featuring curves that ensure you get the best readability when out in the sun.
Unlike before, you get 16MB of internal storage on the new Nokia 3310. Of course, this is not enough for anyone in the current setup, which is why HMD Global added a microSD card slot that can accommodate up to 32GB. Those who fell in love with the Nokia ringtone back in the days will still get it and it gets even better knowing that the composer is also available for those who love to do things manually.
The Nokia 3310 is available in a number of color variants that include Dark Blue (Matte), Warm Red (Glossy), Yellow (Glossy) and Grey (Glossy), however, you will have to do with just 2G connectivity. There’s a camera on the back with a 2MP lens and a LED flash, which also doubles as a flashlight.
According to HMD Global, the Nokia 3310 will be sold in either single or dual-SIM variants. You also get to exchange files via Bluetooth 3.0, which is even better than ever. In terms of pricing and availability, the 3310 has a price tag of 49 euros, which translates to about Ksh Ksh 5,800. But as noted earlier, some retailers here in Kenya are taking advantage of the current situation where the phone is not yet available officially locally and are selling it for twice the expected price.
There’s still no confirmed date as to when Nokia 3310 will be available locally, but it won’t be long before this nostalgic phone hits the shelves. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when it does.