Nokia 3310 back in Nigeria

Nokia 3310

The iconic Nokia 3310 phone is back in Nigeria as a modern re-imagined handset with dual SIM slots and camera, the manufacturer, HMD Global, announced in a statement on Thursday.

“We are delighted to bring the Nokia 3310 phone to our consumers in Nigeria, said HMD manager for West, East and Central Africa, Joseph Umunakwe.

He added that the phone has been available in Nigeria since May 29, 2017.

According to him, “Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands in our country for decades.”

Umunakwe pointed out that Nokia’s consumers are more discerning and demanding than ever before and the company will always put them first in producing phones.

The new phone has a larger screen, a slightly re-designed key-pad, a 2-megapixel camera on the rear with flash.

It comes with a rear-mounted speaker and a micro-USB port for charging and supports only 2G and doesn’t support Wi-Fi.

While the original Nokia 3310 shipped with a 900mAh battery, the new Nokia ships with a bigger 1,200mAh power pack.

It is rated to deliver up to 22 hours of talk time and up to one month of standby on a single charge.

The new Nokia also comes with a 2.4-inch full colour display which is certainly a big improvement over the monochrome screen of the original Nokia 3310.

Analysts, however, say that the new Nokia is a back-up phone that was not created or thought through to replace a Smartphone and neither was it for a consumer who is a heavy data user.

It appeals more to nostalgia than functionality.