HMD has taken the wraps off of the new Nokia 8110, a tribute to the famous slider phone from the 1990s. The Nokia 8110 4G isn’t an exact replica, but it’s still a tribute act likely to appeal to nostalgia nerds of a certain age. And hipsters.
This time last year, HMD unveiled a new version of the Nokia 3310. This looked and felt like the classic Nokia 3310, but in the end we only scored it a 4/10. Now, one year on, and HMD has unveiled a new version of the Nokia 8110, last seen in The Matrix.
How Is the Nokia 8110 Shaping Up?
The Nokia 8110 4G is a feature phone with a 2.4-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage. But as with all modern feature phones the specs are immaterial. What matters is the battery life, and the Nokia 8110 4G should last for 25 days on standby.
This is a cheap and cheerful phone, with a plasticky feel and a slider you have to manually open and close. You will get some apps on the Smart Feature OS though, with Google Assistant, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, Snake, all available.
The original Nokia 8110 earned the nickname “Banana phone” thanks to the noticeable curve of the case. And the new Nokia 8110 has retained that trademark curve. It’s available in yellow (as well as black), so people may actually think you’re holding a banana to your ear.
Other Nokia Handsets Are Available
It should be noted that as well as the 8110 4G, HMD also unveiled the Nokia 6, the Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and the Nokia 1. The Sirocco is HMD’s new Nokia Flagship, and the Nokia 1 is the first Android Go phone. But we’re all about the Nokia 8110.
The Nokia 8110 4G will be available in May and priced at €79 ($97). There’s no word yet on what countries the new Nokia 8110 will be released in, but it looks like Europe and the Middle East will be first, with other territories to follow.
The Nostalgic Return of Nokia
Nokia is actually doing rather well as a brand now, partly due to nostalgia, and partly due to HMD making affordable Android handsets. So while the Nokia 8110 4G will be making the headlines, its the Nokia 6, 7 Plus, and 8 Siricco that will actually sell.
Did you own the original Nokia 8110? If so, what did you think of it? Are you likely to buy the new Nokia 8110? Purely for nostalgia? Or for more practical reasons? Should HMD do a Kyly Ren and let the past die? Please let us know in the comments below!