tech2 News StaffMay 17, 2017 10:55:06 IST
The Nokia 3310 is coming back to India and it goes on sale on 18 May. HMD Global announced the mobile device during MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. The company confirmed that the device, along with other smartphones announced by the company, will make its way to markets across the world. The company sent a statement yesterday announcing the launch date of the phone in the Indian market. We have compiled the important information that you would require to help you with your decision to purchase the mobile device.
Price in India
HDM Global has announced that the Nokia 3310 will be priced at Rs 3310. This is not expensive and it will undercut the ultra-budget smartphones while competing with other feature phones in the market.
Nokia 3310 will support the 900 and 1,800 MHz bands and will come in a dual-SIM variant (via microSIM) alongside a single SIM one. The device will run Nokia Series 30+ software and will sport a 2.4-inch curved display with a colour QVGA display panel sporting an effective resolution of 240×320. The 3310 will also come with a 2 MP camera module on the back along, with an LED Flash.
HMD Global has added a microUSB port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth v3.0 with SLAM, a microSD card with support up to 32 GB capacity as connectivity options for the 3310. Nokia SLAM is a file transfer mechanism that uses NFC and Bluetooth to transfer files. The phone will be available in four colours in two types of finishes. You can go for a Warm Red or Yellow in a gloss finish and a Dark Blue or Grey in a matte finish.
Where to get one?
According to the company, the Nokia 3310 will go on sale across India starting 18 May, 2017 in leading mobile stores. This means that the company is not limiting the sales of the mobile device to a particular offline outlet. We reached out to the company to confirm this and they told us that HMD will not offer the Nokia 3310 online and that it will only be available in offline retail stores. However, we can expect it to pop up on online stores like Amazon and Flipkart by third party sellers, but the company itself is not selling the devices directly.
Why should you get one?
The Nokia 3310 is not competing with any smartphone in terms of specifications. Being a feature phone, battery life is expectedly amazing. HMD Global, the company that operates Nokia’s mobile division now, estimates that the Nokia 3310 will provide a standby time of up to 25.6 days, a talk time of up to 22.1 hours, MP3 playback time of up to 51 hours and FM radio playback of up to 39 hours.
It's disappointing that the device doesn't support 4G LTE or even Android, but Nokia has always maintained that the 3310 is a feature phone and nothing more.
We believe that the 3310 will make a great backup phone. This is a perfect device for you to take on long trips where you are certain that you will not come across power outlets to keep your smartphone or other electronics charged.
Of course, the pull of nostalgia or the rebirth of Snake might be enough of a draw anyway.