There is great news for those folks who held off from buying the 2017 refresh of the legendary Nokia 3310 due to its reliance on terribly slow 2.5G networks. HMD Global has now launched a 3G variant of the Nokia 3310. Finally, the diminutive little feature phone will be able to access faster mobile data speeds and give some competition to the JioPhone. Although the latter runs on 4G which is quite a bit faster than even 3G.
What all has changed?
Apart from 3G connectivity, there are mild refreshes across the board. The user interface has been tweaked – Nokia says that the UI has been improved to deliver an enhanced, customisable experience. Basically you can now change the colour and position of icons.
There are two new colour options on board, namely Azure and Charcoal which take their place alongside Yellow and Warm Red which have been retained from the 2.5G Nokia 3310. The Nokia 3310 has also been redesigned slightly – it now has more spacing between the buttons which the company claims helps users dial, text and tweet more comfortably.
Has the battery life taken a hit with 3G?
According to Nokia, no. This year’s Nokia 3310 refresh carried forward the original model’s legendary battery life. And even with the 3G version, Nokia claims an impressive standby time of 27 days and a talk time of 6.5 hours.
Price and availability
The Nokia 3310 3G will be going on sale in Australia from October 16 onward for AUD 89.95 which roughly translates to Rs 4,600. In the land down under, it will be available via two mobile carriers, namely Optus and Vodafone.
Globally, the smartphone will retail for an average price of EUR 69 (roughly Rs 5,320) with a roll-out set to begin from mid-October. There are no details as of now about an Indian release.
The 3G variant of the Nokia 3310 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a polarised layer on top, 64MB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 32GB), a 2MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1200mAh battery which can be charged via a microUSB port.
The feature phone runs on the S30+ operating system which has been styled to honour the old 3310’s interface. It also comes with an updated version of the iconic Snake game. In terms of features, the 330 comes with an FM radio, the Opera web browser, music playback support and a torch.