At last year’s MWC tradeshow the only product people wanted to talk about seemed to be Nokia’s 3310, the then-17-year-old retro feature phone phone that was making a comeback. In 2018 Nokia has new plans for its 3310, adding support for 21st-century data speeds. We outline what – and when – to expect from the new Nokia 3310 4G.
When is the Nokia 3310 4G release date?
Nokia has big plans for MWC 2018, as hinted by HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas:
Sorry for radio silence. Been super busy planning #MWC2018 . Please expect it to be awesome ?
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas)
January 18, 2018
Given that the Nokia 3310 launched at last year’s show, and that we know one is imminent thanks to a TENAA listing, we’d say the 2018 update will arrive at MWC 2018.
Nokia has a press conference lined up on Sunday 25 February: expect to hear news of the Nokia 3310 4G then.
How much will the Nokia 3310 4G cost?
We expect pricing to remain the same, with the new Nokia 3310 commanding an RRP of £49.
What new features to expect in the Nokia 3310 4G
The big change here is (probably quite obviously) the addition of 4G support for faster data speeds, as suggested by a TENAA listing for a Nokia phone with the model number TA-1077.
The Nokia 3310 announced at MWC 2017 was a 2G phone, which meant it wouldn’t work in certain territories. It was followed by a 3G version in September that added new colour options and more internal storage, and swapped out the Series 30+ OS for the new Java-powered Feature OS. But the people demand faster internet.
Interestingly, the model listed on TENAA is said to run Yun OS, which is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and lacks Google Play Services. Outside the US we expect it to run Android Go, in common with the also expected Nokia 1.
Some specs are likely to remain the same, such as the 2.4in (240×320) QVGA colour display and 2Mp rear camera with LED flash, but the new Nokia 3310 for 2018 is thought to get a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of storage, with a microSD card slot that lets you add up to 32GB.
Also expect a 1200mAh battery, dual-SIM dual-standby support, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Micro-USB charging port. GPS is not expected to feature in this 117×52.4×13.35mm, 73.5g phone, which is likely to be available in Fresh Blue & Dark Black.
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