The Nokia 3310, otherwise known as the brick for its tendency to not break, ever, is coming back. So says Evan Blass, one of the most reliable sources of phone leaks out there, in a piece for Venture Beat.
The report suggests that the new Nokia 3310 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. As we’ve noted before, this isn’t exactly Nokia at work — HMD is licensing the name, although the new company was started by ex-Nokia staffers.
It’s safe to say some changes will be made. The Nokia 3310 was released in 2000, and while its hardiness is probably still unmatched, phones have become a little more useful since then. That said, this doesn’t sound like it’ll be an Android reimagining. Blass indicates the price will be €59, suggesting this will still be a feature phone. Even then, it’ll be different from Nokia feature phones of old — their late-2000s OS, Symbian, has since been discontinued.
The 3310 is undoubtedly a nostalgia play on HMD’s part — lots of fond memories of the 3310, especially considering most units would probably still work today. It’s a good bet HMD will talk a lot about how insecure smartphones are, and how everyone needs a good burner phone.
We’ll find out exactly what HMD has in store when MWC starts in a couple weeks. We might even hear more about HMD’s Android plans, whichwill also involve Nokia-branded phones.
Via Venture Beat