Seventeen years after the original reveal, the iconic Nokia 3310 is making a huge comeback. With a design that’s meant to give you a huge nostalgia trip, it would sway to buy it just for the sake of reliving the past and probably a good backup phone in case of emergency.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nokia 3310 here in the Philippines.
What’s the difference between the old and new Nokia 3310?
Well, a lot, actually. But these changes are not meant to beat the flagship phones of Apple and Samsung, it’s meant to give you a modernized look of the old 3310. It has a colored screen, a refreshed button layout and a nifty camera. Plus, it’s has an enhanced version of your favorite game back then – Snake.
Battery is still the highlight
The new 3310 doesn’t stand a chance on today’s flagship smartphones like the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, but it does beat them in an important category: Battery. Thanks to not having features like Wi-Fi, 4g, touchscreen, and futuristic display. You can forget charging this phone every night. You only need to plug this in maybe once or twice a month. Nokia claims that the new 3310 will last 31 days on standby with 22 hours of talk time.
If you’re the tech-savvy guy/gal and you want to know the specifications of this phone, check the table able but don’t expect anything fancy.
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, May|
|BODY||Dimensions||115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm (4.55 x 2.01 x 0.50 in)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Mini-SIM) or Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Size||2.4 inches (~30.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||240 x 320 pixels (~167 ppi pixel density)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB (dedicated slot)|
|CAMERA||Primary||2 MP, LED flash|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|– Audio/Video player|
|BATTERY||Removable Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 744 h|
|Talk time||Up to 22 h|
|Music play||Up to 51 h|
|Stand-by||Up to 600 h|
|Talk time||Up to 22 h|
|MISC||Colors||Warm Red (Glossy), Dark Blue (Matte), Yellow (Glossy), Grey (Matte)|
|Price||About 50 EUR|
No apps, except for the default ones
As expected there won’t be any Play Store or something similar for you to download apps. But luckily it comes with the refreshed Snake game to keep you occupied. Inside, the smartphone is running Nokia’s Series 30+ software. We’re pretty sure that you’ll be familiar with it on first use.
It also takes an old-school SIM card
Heads up, the SIM card slot on the back of the new 3310 is designed for the micro SIM format. It’s bigger than the nano SIMs used in most smartphone nowadays so be sure to get an adapter if you’re going to use your old sim or just buy a new one.
There’s internet connection!
Luckily, the new 3310 is now packed with one of the most important feature in a smartphone – internet connection. The phone comes with the Opera web browser, which lets you visit mobile versions of websites like Facebook and Twitter. It won’t look good though, and you’ll probably be left with the core features only.
However, the 2.5G connection is expected to be slow as a snail so forget about loading images and videos when using the internet. It’s probably cool since the screen that it comes with is not too good for viewing media content.
Prepare to use physical buttons again
The first thing you’ll probably do if ever you’re going to buy this is touch the screen randomly. Using physical buttons once again to control every aspect of your phone has become so alien that it will take some learning curve and getting used to. But we’re pretty sure that if you give it a day or two, the experience will come rushing back to you.
There are colors to choose from!
The old school Nokia 3310 came with one color only and that was like a dark-green or gray that’s obviously outdated by now. But it the whole phone case can be easily replaced with cool cases with different design. But that was when the Nokia 3310 was so popular and was the mainstream phone. Luckily, the new Nokia 3310 now can be purchased with a choice of 4 cool colors: Warm Red (Glossy), Dark Blue (Matte), Yellow (Glossy), and Grey (Matte).
When will it be available in The Philippines?
HMD has officially launched the new Nokia 3310 as of writing in the United Kingdom. As for here in The Philippines, the Nokia 3310 will have it’s own launch here alongside with the introduction of the Nokia 105, 150, 216 and 230. There’s still no official date but it looks like it won’t be that long. But if you’re in a hurry, we’re pretty sure that online e-commerce sites like Lazada, WidgetCity and KimStore will have the Nokia 3310 earlier as they can buy stocks outside the country.
How much will it cost here in The Philippines?
HMD launched the Nokia 3310 in the UK with a price tag of £49.99. Judging by that price, the price tag here in The Philippines will likely play around Php 3,000 to Php 4,000. However, if you’re planning to buy earlier through e-commerce websites, it will be pricier and we expect it to have a price around Php 6,000 all the way up to Php 10,000.