Smartphone technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the recent years, and it is likely that tech manufacturers have more surprises in store for consumers as they battle it out in the highly competitive smartphone arena. But a relic of the past is stirring up excitement among the young and old alike as Nokia’s iconic 3310 has made a comeback at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
The 2017 version of the 3310 will be a basic device made for calling, texting, playing Snake, and not much else. Though it’s a far cry from the smartphones which are flooding the market today, so many people are absolutely giddy over the phone’s return, with many waxing nostalgic about the device’s indestructibility, long battery life, and utter simplicity.
The original Nokia 3310 was launched back in September 2000, and it became one of the most successful phones of all time as it sold 126 million units across the globe. With its affordable price, size, and features, it was easy to see why millions of people loved the mobile phone, and now, the same people, along with retro-adopters, are eager to get their hands on the 2017 model.
The reason why people are excited over the 3310’s return is because the average user does not require curved screens, a virtual assistant, or other bells and whistles in a phone. In today’s fast-paced world, more people value dependability over gimmicks, and the Nokia 3310 delivers that and so much more.
With its QWERTY keyboard, texting is easier than ever on the new 3310. Moreover, the mobile phone is going to support 22 hours of talk time, eliminating the need to bring a charger with you while you’re on the go. In standby mode, the battery will keep running for up to 31 days between charges, according to Independent.
While the 2017 Nokia 3310 will come with the classic Snake game, Forbes reports that the game was given an update as the animated amphibian can now travel diagonally across the screen.
The Nokia 3310 will be available in red, yellow, gray and blue and will be priced at $52. The smartphone will be out in the market during the second quarter of this year.
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