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HMD’s revived Nokia 3310 classic mobile gets 3G


Nokia model licensee HMD Global is doubling down on the tech nostalgia card it pulled out again in February, by saying a 3G model of the colourful candybar Nokia 3310 it had already revived — now with help for a handful of apps.

So in addition to speak, textual content and the classic Nokia Snake recreation, it now touts the flexibility for the 3310 3G to make use of apps like Facebook, Twitter and Skype — largely due to the presence of a 3G radio (vs the slower and presumably unsupported, relying on provider and market, 2G GSM tech used within the 3310 introduced earlier this yr).

Given the presence of 3G, HMD has determined to beef up the dimensions of the handset barely — it’s 13.29% larger quantity to be exact — saying it’s been ergonomically redesigned to allow extra spacing between the buttons to make the typing expertise extra snug.

However battery life is significantly diminished, additionally due to the presence of 3G, with solely as much as 6.5 hours of speak time now vs up 22.1 hours for the 2G model. (Although Nokia 3310 3G customers rise up to 27 days of standby time, which is up barely on the 25.three days touted for the 2G model.)

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“The addition of 3G data connectivity brings this popular phone to even more fans around the world,” HMD writes in a press launch. “The Nokia 3310 3G combines the talk and text appeal of the current model with a 3G data connection, meaning you can now enjoy the classic across more countries.”

HMD says it needed to develop some new core software program for the machine to allow help for 3G — so it has a barely totally different OS vs the 2G model of the machine.

The 3G model of the retro classic can also be barely costlier (RRP of €69 vs €49 for the 2G).

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HMD says the 3G mobile can be rolling out globally from mid-October — with Australia among the many first markets the place it is going to be accessible.

Tech nostalgia is only one half of HMD’s mobile play in fact, with an Android powered smartphone line — such because the Nokia eight flagship it unboxed final month — and, now, a portfolio of practically ten mobile gadgets in play after lower than a yr of bringing the Nokia model again to the mobile market.

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