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Back to the Mobile Future

by Mahrukh Sarwar

The former mobile giant Nokia has gone back to its roots, and brought back its best selling phone to date. The iconic Nokia 3310, which is arguably one of the best selling mobile phones of all time, has just been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017 event in Barcelona, Spain.

The new handset boasts an impressive 31 days of battery life on standby mode whereas the older handset was only able to deliver 11 days in standby. The 1200mAh battery is good for 22 hours of talk time, 51 hours of music playback, and 39 hours of FM radio. It also comes with Bluetooth and the newest version of the classic game Snake.

Nokia has tried to recreate the silhouette of the original 3310 model and come up with a thinner, lighter and more pocketable model. Its plastic body measures 115.6 x 51.0 x 12.8mm, and weighs just 79.6g, as opposed to the 137 g of the older handset. They have kept the rounded buttons and the key layout but the new 2.4-inch QVGA display and the curved, polarized layer on top which makes it easier to read in the sunlight is a definite improvement.

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The new edition includes a microUSB port at the bottom of the phone for charging and a microSD slot for cards up to 32GB in size. The phone contains a 2MP camera with a one LED flash. It also includes a headphone jack at a time when headphone jacks are being phased out by certain smartphone brands.

The new Nokia 3310, however, is just a feature phone which runs on the Nokia Series 30+ OS. It’s drawbacks include its low resolution screen and 2.5G connectivity. It does not have Wi-Fi and only has limited internet facilities.

The older handset was only available in matte blue or grey but the new Nokia 3310 has added two more color options: Warm Red and Yellow.

The handset will just cost around PKR 5,500 and will be released sometime in April-June this year.

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