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The New Nokia 8110 4G Is for Nostalgia Nerds

Dave Parrack 26-02-2018

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 Everything You Need to Know About the New Nokia 3310 Nokia has launched a brand new version of the legendary 3310. This is the Nokia 3310 brought up to date for 2017, but with a heavy dose of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Read More . This looked and felt like the classic Nokia 3310, but in the end we only scored it a 4/10 Nokia 3310 Review: Not as Good as We'd Hoped Read More . 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 Google Launches Android Go for Budget Smartphones Android Oreo (Go Edition) is a pared-down version of Android Oreo designed for budget smartphones, and it comes with lightweight versions of Google's core apps preinstalled. Read More . 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!

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  1. Andres
    February 28, 2018 at 2:08 am

    How I know what permissions to give to the apps just for them to work properly?
    For example, one app ask permissions to access your contacts, location, camera, etc and many more . Then, they tell you that if you turn off some permissions, the app won't work properly.
    So, what should I have on or off?
    without interfering with the app functionality.

  2. Peter
    February 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    We actually bought a 3310 for our oldest kid who doesn't need a smart phone - just one that can make calls and send basic texts. It's worked out well. No temptation to be distracted by games/apps because there really aren't any except for Snake. No need for us to really lock it down because you can't do much and the browser is not really for normal browsing - it's more for emergencies.

    We looked at other options, but there just aren't a lot of "plain ol' phones" around anymore that work with US carriers. I'm glad that Nokia introduced this line for those of us who want to give a non-smartphone to a kid.