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No selfies in the new Nokia 3310, but there is a rear camera

By AGENCIES February 28th, 2017 2 min read

The new Nokia 3310 device, unlike its predecessor, comes with a 2 megapixel rear camera and a LED flash.

Tragically for social media enthusiasts there is no front camera for selfies on the new phone.

The updated version of the 90’s icon, famed for its seemingly indestructible qualities was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday.

Anticipation of the device, a phone that doesn’t even have 3G, has been high ever since news of its release leaked earlier this year.

The relaunched 3310 is produced by new mobile firm HMD Global, which licensed the Nokia brand last year.


The phone has a slightly bigger screen than its namesake, and in colour this time. It also has a camera on the back, which the original did not.

It does have a removable back cover and battery, and runs an updated version of the original’s S30 software.


The software behaves so much like the original and follow-ups, with games like Snake built in, you might think you were caught inside some sort of time loop.

HMD promises that the new Nokia 3310 will be as durable as the old one, often seen as practically indestructible by the teens of the 2000s.

The new 3310 is about half the thickness of the original and has 10 times the talk time, with 22 hours, and twice the standby time: one month – a duration almost unheard-of in 2017.


It’s charged via micro USB, so there’s no need to carry the pin Nokia charger of old, and there’s even a headphones socket in the bottom.

For all the great things that modern smartphones do, they have terrible battery lives. On this front, the new 3310 harkens back to the good old days.

The new 3310, which will feature the same “indestructible” body and long-lasting battery as the original, will retail for Sh6500 and it is expected to ship with software packing the same clock, calculator, reminder app, and games as its ancestor.