Forget all those images of the Nokia 3310 with a full touchscreen and no hardware keypad. Those images also display the phone with an Android OS interface. They are all fake. Here are details of what the Nokia 3310 (2017) will be like:
- It will be a feature phone, meaning it will not run Android OS or any other smartphone OS
- It will run a proprietary platform called S30+. Note that S30+ is not related to Nokia’s S30. It is a platform developed by Mediatek and licensed out to manufacturers. Microsoft Mobile used it for some of their most recent feature phones and now HMD is using it under license too for the Nokia 3310.
- The phone will have a hardware keypad similar to the original 3310. The keys will be smaller though.
- The display will be slightly larger than that of the original model, which is why the keypad will be slightly smaller.
- This time, the 3310 (2017) will have a colour screen instead of a monochrome display on the original model.
- The display will not be a touchscreen
- The phone will have swappable face-plates and back covers
The original Nokia 3310 was one of the world’s best-selling mobile phones and is regarded as the Chuck Norris of mobile phones till date. It sold 126 million units worldwide. The original model had a few variants, some of which had internet connectivity, a WAP browser and the ability to download and install Java MIDP apps, which at the time were mostly games.
While I owned a 3310 back then, I later also owned a Nokia 3410, its successor. It looked similar to the Nokia 3315, one of the 3310’s variants with those extra features, among others. I enjoyed downloading and installing new games to play on it. For its time, the WAP browser was good too. Here is my Nokia 3410 review. It will be nice if the new Nokia 3310 has internet connectivity, a web browser, email and the like too.
The Nokia 3310 (2017) is expected to be sold in Europe and North America at the cost of 59 euros. One wonders why Nokia’s traditional markets – Africa, South America and Asia – are not being targeted by HMD. Very odd.
I am looking to get my hands on the 2017 model when it becomes available. In the meantime, does anyone here still play Snake?