I’m old enough to remember when the Nokia 3310 was, like, the phone. Mostly because of Snake, but also because the thing was totally indestructible and its battery lasted forever. I didn’t have one, obviously, because I wasn’t cool enough. And now, almost 20 years later, it’s back. Why? I dunno, but it’s maximising its retro authenticity with no WiFi, so that’s… something.
Revealed during the company’s press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona over the weekend, the new Nokia 3310 features a glossy plastic shell casing, a 2.4-inch 240 x 320 colour display, and 2.5G data support like it’s 2005. Also, that’s not a touchscreen. The phone is powered by Nokia’s own proprietary “Series 30+” operating system, and includes a 2-megapixel camera and a basic version of the Opera browser that I didn’t even realise was still a thing. Like the original phone, however, the device’s battery can last a month.
It can send and receive texts and calls, but nothing much more than that. It’s more an emergency “in case of aliens, zombies, necrotising fasciitis, or other apocalyptic and/or extinction-level event” phone than a must-have tech accessory, but how about the millennial nostalgia? How about it.