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Nokia 3310 reboot: Release date, price, specs and features of HMD Global's new retro phone

Mirror logo Mirror 27-02-2017 Sophie Curtis

Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona this week and, bizarrely, one of the most hotly anticipated new handsets is a .

Released in 2000, the original Nokia 3310 sold 126 million units worldwide, making it one of the world's best-selling mobile phones.

It achieved cult status due to its impressively long battery life, durability, and the addictive game Snake.

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Now HMD Global, the Finnish company with exclusive rights to market the Nokia brand, is has .

"For the Nokia 3310 we just couldn't resist," said Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global.

"We wanted to reward loyal Nokia phone fans and make a statement that rich heritage, innovation and modern design can go hand-in-hand."

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But how closely does the new 3310 resemble the original? Here's everything you need to know.

Release date

The revamped Nokia 3310 was unveiled during HMD's press conference at on Sunday, February 26.

It's not yet known exactly when HMD plans to starts selling the device, but it said that it will be available in the second quarter of 2017.

Price

The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49 (£41) - significantly less than its original price of £129.

Carphone Warehouse has already opened pre-registrations for the device on its website.

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No other mobile operators have announced that they will be stocking the device, suggesting that HMD has struck an exclusivity deal with Carphone Warehouse.

However, it is likely that the device will also be available SIM-free from retailers such as Amazon.

Design

The refreshed Nokia 3310 remains a "dumb" phone with an alphanumeric keyboard and no touchscreen.

It also retains the retro charm of the original handset, with its curved body and bright coloured design, and HMD claims it is just as durable as the original.

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However, it is slimmer and lighter, and the physical position and size of the buttons has been adjusted slightly, to fit in with the new slimmer design.

The handset comes in four colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish.

Display

The original Nokia 3310 had a small monochrome graphic display, but HMD has brought it into the 21st century with a larger 2.4-inch, full colour display.

However don't expect a high-resolution screen as seen on the latest Apple or Samsung devices. HMD is keeping the device simple, in order to preserve battery life.

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Specs

The original 3310 had enough memory to store the last 8 dialled, 8 received, and 8 missed calls, as well as a selection of message templates. All the contacts were stored on the SIM.

It had a removable 900 mAh battery, which supposedly lasted between 55 hours and 260 hours in standby mode, with between two and a half and four and a half hours of talk time.

It also came with four games - Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact and Bantumi.

Given that battery life was one of its biggest selling points, HMD has made this a priority in the revamped version. The new handset has a removable 1200 mAh battery, boasting 22 hours of talk-time and a month long stand-by.

It also now boasts a 2-Megapixel camera, 16MB of internal memory - which can be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card - and 2G connectivity, to take the noughties experience online.

And yes - it comes with the iconic mobile game, Snake.

MWC 2017

As well as the revamped 3310, HMD also revealed a new line of mid-range modern smartphones - including the Nokia 6 the company released in China at the start of the year, as well as a limited edition gloss version called the Arte Black - alongside the new Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.

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All four devices are made from aluminium, with each device shaped from an individual block of metal.

Each also runs the latest version of Android - Nougat 7.0 - while Nokia has confirmed pricing as starting at 139 euro (£117) for the Nokia 3, rising to 229 euro (£194) for the 6 and 299 euro (£253) for the Arte Black version.

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