[WATCH] A first-look at the ‘modern version’ of the Nokia 3310

On Sunday, HMD Global revealed the all-new 3310

The original Nokia 3310 was first released 17 years ago and is probably one of the most remembered and loved phones of our time, having sold over 126 million handsets worldwide.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Nokia would be relaunching the iconic handset and true to form,  the handset-maker unveiled the re-released 3310 in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress on Sunday.

When news first came out that the phone would be relaunched, many people speculated what the modern version of the handset would look like and what features it would have, while many others hoped that nothing would be changed and that it would be launched the way that it originally was back on 2000.

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Well, it’s sad news for the latter as the new 3310 is quite a big change from the original 3310 we all loved.

Yes, the new handset will have a colour screen and limited internet connectivity. By limited we mean that it will browse on 2.5G connectivity. The phone will also come with a 2-megapixel camera and of course, will have the modern version if the much loved game, Snake.

The handset will however still conjure nostalgic feelings as Nokia has kept the texting technique the same, where one would have to press on a number a few times to get the first letter out.

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HMD Global said the handset has been made as an alternative to modern life; for when someone wants to go on a digital detox without completely isolating themselves from the rest of the world.

“If you want to switch off to an extent but you still want to have a mobile lifeline, it’s a brilliant solution. Why wouldn’t you buy this like candy? If you see this handing on the shelf at the checkout in a see-through, then you’d just buy it as an accessory,” said Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global, the company that has manufacturing rights to Nokia phones.

See it here for yourself:

Additional source: The Daily Mail