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Nokia goes ‘bananas’ with new retro phone

Alfred Bayle

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

 /  Mon, February 26, 2018  /  04:09 pm
Nokia goes ‘bananas’ with new retro phone

Launched at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain which started Feb. 25 and runs until March 1, the new version of the classic Nokia 8110 bears similarities with the Nokia 3310. (HMD Global/File)

HMD Global has returned with a new retro phone to tug at our nostalgic heartstrings. This time, the phone has ties with one of the coolest movies in the 1990s: the Nokia 8110 “banana phone” seen in “The Matrix”.

Launched at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain which started Feb. 25 and runs until March 1, the new version of the classic Nokia 8110 bears similarities with the Nokia 3310. It will be a feature phone that runs on Smart Feature OS rather than Android. According to a company statement, a special app store has been created to provide some basic smartphone apps like Google Assistant, Maps, Search, Facebook and Twitter through a 4G wireless connection.

This new 8110 can also synch contacts and process emails with Outlook and Gmail. It even has the same revamped Snake game seen on the 3310.

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The screen isn’t the biggest with just 2.4 inches of curved display space, but it makes up for it with a 25-day standby time from its 1500mAh battery.

As for color options, “The Matrix” aficionados can have it in Traditional Black (the type used by Keanu Reeves’ character Neo), or the bright Banana Yellow to live up to the phone’s nickname.

Nokia 8110 “banana phone” sliders will hit stores globally starting May for €79 (about US$97).

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