This year’s Mobile World Congress is all about nostalgia.
Take HMD, for instance: The company showed three new Android phones, but the one that got the most attention was the rebooted Nokia 3310, which is essentially a lowly, cheap feature phone.
This is because the original Nokia 3310 — which came out in 2000, years before the smartphone revolution — was a nearly indestructible device with a battery that lasted forever. And it included a game that everyone loved: Snake.
Now, the company has relaunched the Nokia 3310 at an event in Barcelona. While it’s quite different from the original, it still has tons of battery life (nearly a month on standby and 22 hours talk time, Nokia’s chief product officer Juho Sarvikas said), it has a similar design, and yes, you can play an updated version of Snake on it.
We’ve held the phone, and while it’s considerably lighter than the first Nokia 3310, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be sturdy. It has a 2.4-inch color screen this time around, located above the numeric keyboard and the menu buttons.
Some of its specs are laughable compared to today’s standards — take for example the 2-megapixel rear camera. But for the lowly price of 49 euros ($52), which is approximately what the phone will cost when it launches later this year, you get a fair bit of nostalgia and a perfectly usable second phone that won’t run out of battery quickly.
Sounds good to us.