If you were in the market for a Nokia 3310, you might have been put off by the phone’s lack of 3G radio support. Although South Africa is mostly capable of maintaining a GPRS/EDGE connection across the entire country, 2G radio support worldwide is dwindling as cellular providers switch off their old networks and repurpose the spectrum for better 3G or LTE support. HMD Global this week announced that the Nokia 3310 will be receiving a hardware refresh, but it will sell the 3G version alongside the older 2G phone.
That isn’t the only change, however. The 3310 3G also gets a somewhat bigger chassis to accommodate the new antenna, and the weight increases ever so slightly by a couple of grams. There’s also more system RAM, increasing from 16MB to 64MB, which should solve a lot of the stutters and lags people saw with the original phone. The Bluetooth support drops from 3.0 to version 2.1 with ADP, but this shouldn’t impact anyone at all.
Battery life, of course, takes a dive once 3G is enabled. Call time drops from an impressive 22 hours on 2G down to a mere six and a half hours on 3G. Standby time and music playback also suffer, all as a result of the added RAM and the 3G radio.
The new Nokia 3310 3G will go on sale later this month in Europe, but HMD Global has not announced a price for the device yet.