Nokia will resurrect the legendary 3310 at Mobile World Congress next month, according to new reports, with the new incarnation of the classic mobile phone expected to go on sale for €59.
The Nokia 3310 had a reputation for hardiness. You could throw it down a flight of stairs, spill a pint over it, or drop it into a pool of mud, and it would emerge unscathed. It was like the Wolverine of phones, and for that reason, it remains a firm fan favorite.
And now it’s coming back, almost 17 years after it first launched in 2000. Nokia plans to re-launch the device at the upcoming MWC conference in Barcelona, according to data obtained by the reliable Evan ‘EvLeaks’ Blass of VentureBeat.
It’s worth pointing out that the phones sold under the Nokia marque aren’t actually from the company that originally released the 3310, the N95, and the N-Gage. Rather, the rights to the name were bought by little-known Finnish company HMD Global in a deal that completed last December.
Given that most smartphones have a propensity to run out of juice before the day is finished, I’m convinced there’s still a market for high-endurance feature phones. Phones that lack the bells and whistles of your garden-variety Android handset or iPhone, but only need to be charged once every few weeks.
And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a piece of computing history in their pocket? Especially when it has Snake.