A brand new model of Nokia 8110, which became iconic having its unique curved shape and being featured in the 1999-movie “The Matrix” was just announced. For people who always desired of owning one, now is your chance. The Nokia 8110, aka the “banana phone,” is set to return this May as a new and improved smart device.
A start-up made of ex-Nokia executives called HMD Global acquired the intellectual property rights necessary to make phones from Nokia in 2016, including branding and technology. HMD launched a remake of the Nokia 3310 and a portfolio of smartphones a year ago. Carrying on with a pattern of reviving older smartphones in an effort to keep relevant in the mobile phone industry, they remade the Nokia 8110 which had been first released way back in 1996.
The cellphone features a 2.4-inch color screen (320 x 240 pixels) and can run apps on kaiOS, which sadly means no access to Android apps, but is compensated for with its own app store allowing access to Facebook along with other third-party applications. At least there is new version of the classic snake game on the device.
On the back there is a 2-megapixel camera with an LED flash. Also on the exterior is a headphone jack and a microUSB 2. connector, and access to a removable 1,500mAh battery.
A dual-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm 205 processor with 512MB of RAM powers these devices, operating the “Smart Feature OS” run by KaiOS. Its 4GB of internal storage could be used to store photos, videos, and music. The “banana phone” is capable of playing back AAC, AMR, MP3, MIDI, and Vorbis file formats, and FM radio broadcasts.
One major upgrade is the device’s connectivity, with it capable of handling 4G LTE connections in conjunction with 3G, can be added to a Wi-Fi network, can connect to accessories over Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS.
“Nokia had these very iconic design legends and different people remember the 8110 for different reasons — but, certainly it’s a lot about that emotional factor,” Florian Seiche, CEO of HMD Global said. “But, actually it is also in Western markets, it’s more as a lifestyle secondary phone and bringing it with 4G and Wi-Fi and some key apps people use everyday, it can now be a true secondary device. But in some of the emerging markets, it is still a primary device.”
Available in black and yellow, the Nokia 8110 will be available in May for just €79 (approx. $97).