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Three Ireland confirms Nokia 3310 3G variant's arrival

  • 2018-12-06 17:50
  • 아시아뉴스통신=Ian Maclang 기자
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During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 last February, the Nokia 3310 (2017) was launched along with its lineup of Android smartphones - Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3.


Nokia 3310's (2017) launch was geared towards delivering nostalgia to the many Nokia fans who were using its original Nokia 3310 in the early 2000s.


Here is a review of Nokia 3310's (2017) Full Specifications:



Display:


- Size and type 2.4” QVGA



Battery life (Removable 1200 mAh battery 5):


- Max. talk time Up to 22.1 hours


- Max. standby time Up to 31 days


- Max. MP3 playback time Up to 51 hours


- Max. FM radio playback time Up to 39 hours



Design:


- Colors: Warm Red (Glossy), Dark Blue (Matte), Yellow (Glossy), Grey (Matte)


- Size: 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm



Network and connectivity:


- Network speed: 2G


- Networks: GSM 900/1800 MHz



Storage:


- Internal memory: 16 MB


- MicroSD card slot Support for up to 32 GB



Audio:


- Connector: 3.5 mm AV connector


- Apps: FM radio, MP3 player



Camera:


- Primary camera: 2MP


- Flash: LED flash



Connectivity:


- Connectivity Micro USB (USB 2.0), Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM


- Size: 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm



Nokia 3310's (2017) box features the unit itself, a Micro-USB charger, a quick guide, and a WH-108 headset, whose availability will vary on the market.


Its biggest drawback that has triggered hesitation in buying the unit was that it only supports 2G connectivity.


However, HMD is about to address the setback with the announcement of its 3G variant, and it is reported to come along with Nokia 8 on August 16.


Confirmations regarding its 3G variant have been amplified as Three Ireland published on its Twitter page that they will be lending support for the upcoming 3G version, and added that it will be available in either late September or early October.


Last July, the 3G variant, with model number TA-1036,  has cleared the FCC certification, meaning that the phone will be released in the US market.
 


Photo By: Asim Bijarani / Flickr

The Birth of a Classic


Before Nokia 3310 made history, phones such as Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, Ericson T28 and Nokia 3110 were heavy and sturdy, basically designed for emergency purposes. At that time, the mobile phone's prevalence was steady, yet not as competitive as in today's time with the influx of Apple and Android technologies. Consumers did not have strong feelings about mobile phones at that time, until the unit's arrival in September 2000.


Nokia 3310 was made to succeed Nokia 3210 and with 126 million units sold, it has become one of the best selling mobile phones. At present, the unit is still revered and it has generated a cult status thanks to its durability.


At the height of its popularity, numerous varieties have appeared one after another from Nokia 3315 to Nokia 3395.


The phone was developed at the Copenhagen Nokia site in Denmark. The compact and sturdy phone's physical features were an 84 × 48 pixel pure monochrome display, a lighter 115 g battery variant, a keypad that can be operated with the use of the thumb, a blue button that serves as the main button for selecting options, the C button which acts as the "backspace," "back," and "undo" button, the up and down buttons for navigation, and a stiff black button that serves as the on/off/profile button.


3310 was notorious for having many features that were a rarity back then. These features are the calculator, the Nokia network monitor, a stop watch, and a reminder function. Meanwhile, Pairs II, Space Impact, Bantumi, and Snake II were its featured games. The Telegraph recognized the games' contribution to the phone's immortality.



The Comeback


February 26, 2017, saw the announcement of the unit's revival at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.


The 2017 version has the fundamental functions of FM radio, Opera Mini web browser, and a voice recorder. The unit now has a 2-megapixel camera with flash for photos and video recording, while its flash LED can be used as a flashlight. Also in its features are Bluetooth 3.0 functionality and a dual-SIM tray in certain models.


The original Snake game has been jazzed up via Gameloft's Snake Xenzia, which boasts updated modes and graphics.


The phone's design mimics its predecessor in both design and form factor.




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