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HMD Global is Bringing Back the Nokia 8110

Nokia's latest device will make you nostalgic for the early 2000s. 

If you've been around during the time The Matrix trilogy hit the theaters, you'll be familiar with the iconic "candy bar" phone that was widely used by the movie characters. Well, it looks like HMD Global (a.k.a. the company licensed to make new Nokia devices) is reviving this device.

Early today at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Nokia unveiled the latest device they are working on-- the Nokia 8110. Despite the fact that the device looks a lot like the iconic phone, it has new features that make it current. 

For starters, the new device comes with 4G connectivity and a host of apps like Google Maps, Assistant, Search, Facebook, and Twitter. Staying true to its "banana" curve, the new phone is available in a banana yellow hue and another black option. 

As for the specs, the 8110 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA curved display. There is a Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform MSM8905 Dual-Core 1.1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM. Storage-wise, the phone will have a 4GB built-in memory. There will also be a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, FM radio, a 1500 mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/AGPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a micro USB 2.0. Upon release, the 8110 will be powered by KaiOS smart feature OS. 

This is the second time HMD has brought back an iconic Nokia feature phone and gave it new life again. The first one was the 3310, which became a huge hit for the company. As a matter of fact, the company sold a total of 70 million units in 2017; majority of which is attributed to its feature phones. 

So why are feature phones becoming a huge thing this year? Part of the reason for this is because there is a huge number of people looking for a "vacation" phone. As Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global's CPO, describes the 8110 as a way for people to switch off from constantly being connected and glued to their smartphones. In Silicon Valley, this is a huge thing among tech specialists who believe continuous use of smartphones can be detrimental to one's health. Because of this, many are switching to a feature phone whenever they feel the need to take that vacation. 

Source: WeAreTNRTechCrunch

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  1. Long live the candy bar!

  2. These Nokia phones aren't being made available in the U.S.
    What good is the banana phone without U.S. cell bands?

    1. Cell bands? It's quad-band GSM so it will at least work on T-Mobile network. Don't like talking (posing) on a banana 'Matrix' phone? You can go for a black option if your tastes are less banana, more Keanu.
      Of course there is WiFi and apps to play with. You can use the VoLTE on your next overseas vacation.

    2. You can listen to talk radio on the FM tuner ;-)
      And pretend you're actually in The Matrix.

    3. You can play Snake all day - no charge.

  3. I don't know if these phones are coming to the USA, But I hope thay do I would really Like to Check it out.

  4. Low specs, less utility, and it's not even a flip or slider.

    Remember sliders? They weren't exactly practical, but damn did they have style.

    This, on the other hand, is just a basic bitch phone for young hipsters pretending to be nostalgic despite being literally fresh out of their mothers when bar phones were originally in vogue.

    Anyway, the ad pitch for this isn't even genuine.

    Everyone who actually saw the Matrix back then remembers that payphones were their iconic gateway into and out of VR world.

    Nobody who actually saw the movie 15 or so years ago would ever make that mistake.

    Posers gonna pose.

    1. If you're gonna lecture, at least get your facts straight.
      1. It's a slider. With style. They did leave off the springs from this one.
      2. The 8110 was used in the most memorable scene of The Matrix, the one that people remember.
      3. The movie was 19 years ago, not 15.

    2. I meant a slider like the 2220.

      As for whatever scene you're talking about, it doesn't exactly ring a bell two whole decades later, at least not compared to Neo jumping into Smith and exploding him from the inside out.

      Anyway, the point was that all this matrix nostalgia is purely manufactured.

      Although the movie also represents the end of the 90s, and people miss the 90s, the movie itself was still terrible in hindsight because it wrongly characterized living in the matrix as a negative, even though the virtual 90s were better than the dystopic world they lived in.

      The only reason the matrix was still somewhat well received back then was because the country was better, so "ooga booga vr bad" fit with people's relatively optimistic outlook towards the real world.

      But now that the future's ensued, and the trilogy's anti-vr themes are largely discredited, nobody but a fadster would actually still claim to like how deep, edgy and eye opening the matrix really was.

      The upcoming vr movie actually takes the matrix to a more sensible conclusion, where it's preferable to and more awesome than living in a corporatist third world shitter.

      That's where society is now, which just makes all this fake, phony fawning over nokia and the matrix all the more cringe worthy.

      Both are relics of a radical and bodacious past that's never coming back, and it's time for people to get hip with the times.

      No matter how many old phones get re-released, an Android will still be a better, more capable device than something that's ultimately just a novelty.

  5. Would definitely buy if they bring it here .especially at 100$

  6. Meanwhile, the Nokia 3310 released last year is now available in a single SIM, 3G version (TA-1036) for use on AT&T and T-Mobile. About $60 at BestBuy and Amazon.

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