HMD Global has taken all the limelight this time at the MWC 2018 with the launch of its Nokia 8110 4G. Now, this Nokia 8110, which is a distinctive ‘candy bar’ feature phone with a slider opening, was once a phone everyone wanted to buy and was made famous by the Matrix film franchise. Now, HMD is producing this Nokia feature phone that would come with a 4G connectivity and a selected group of apps such as Google’s Assistant, Maps, and Search, as well as Facebook and Twitter. It also comes with a battery life befitting of feature phones, 17 days, with 9 days of talk time. Also, this 8110 comes in “banana yellow”, which is in lieu of the “banana” curved design and black, but right now the price for India is not available.
Juho Sarvikas, CPO of HMD Global, had described this 8110 as a “vacation” phone right at the time when people might want to switch off from being continuously connected. Also, this has found a counterpart in Silicon Valley, where there has been a big wave of thought among tech people who now believe that the continuous connectivity of smartphone life has detrimental effects. Also to this, he added that “There is a huge population of feature phone loyalists. We see a lot of potential in innovating in the feature phone space, not a simple redesign of the [older] 2G experience”.
Now, some basic specifications and features of Nokia 8110 4G:
Design and Display: Made out of polycarbonate material, Nokia 8110 feels sturdy and rock solid. HMD Global has retained the curved back – and as the original, you can slide the keyboard cover down. Nokia 8110 has a 2.45-inch QVGA color display.
Software and Performance: Nokia 8110 4G is a basic feature phone, running on KaiOS ( a forked version of defunct Firefox OS) which HMD Global calls “Smart Feature OS”. Under the hood is a 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 dual-core processor coupled with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, and microSD card support (up to 128GB). HMD Global claims the reincarnated version of Nokia 8110 will support apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Google Assistant, and even Snake.
Camera: The Nokia 8110 4G comes with a 2MP rear camera that includes a single LED flash.
Battery and Storage: Nokia 8110 is backed by a 1500 mAh battery. Also, users should expect 25 days of standby life on LTE, as guaranteed by the company.
Connectivity and Sensors: Nokia 8110 4G can be connected through wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 while providing GPS/A-GPS and FM radio support and also has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Lastly, to this, Pekka Rantala, EVP, and CMO of HMD Global regarded in an interview, that, “This gives us a responsibility to innovate in this part of the business, to bring something new to consider in feature phones going forward. It was very clear that we needed to be able to deliver and keep the Nokia promise when it comes to quality, reliability, and ease of use”.