Remember the Nokia 8110 slider phone that first featured in the Matrix movie way back in 1999?
Prior to the smartphones, the phones with sliders were the iconic device and people were crazy about them. Now, Nokia is launching the phone again with some upgrades and modifications.
Decades later, HMD Global-owned Nokia showcased a refresh of the slider phone dubbed the Nokia 8110 4G at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year.
Nokia 8110 4G has also been popularly called the Banana phone for its slider form-factor and the fact that it is available in a bright Yellow colour.
The Nokia 8110 4G is now listed for purchase on Lazada which is a Singaporean retailer.
The phone has the similar design to original handset launched back in 1996 by the company.
Nokia 8110 4G comprises the curved design and the complete slider made out of plastic. The phone is curved which gives it the banana phone title. However, the rebooted model comes in more compact size compared to the 90’s model, which makes it easier to hold in hand.
With the slider open it is quite easy to reach the button with a single hand. On the bottom of the phone, there is USB port for charging and a 3.5mm jack at the top of the phone. There is power or phone lock key at the side of the phone and under the slider, you will find a keypad with navigation and numerical keys.
The screen isn’t the touchscreen so, the interaction will be possible only with the keypad.
Nokia 8110 4G is available in two different colors including the black and banana yellow.
Nokia 8110 4G carries a 2.4 inch curved TFT display sharing the QVGA i.e. 240 x 320 p resolution. According to the company, Nokia 8110 4G owns a 4:3 aspect ratio with 27.1 percent screen to body percentage.
As we have already told you the display isn’t touch screen so the mode of operating phone will be keypad like old days.
The company said the sliders will be able to make and disconnect the call by sliding up and down respectively.
The OS can use contextual soft buttons and a 4-way navigation button, just like Nokia phones back in the day, and it is simple to use.
However, KaiOS does not offer the original Nokia feel and style.
In fact, it looks almost exactly the same as KaiOS on cheap smartphones down to the font size, but with some customizations to the UI. The latter works, and is quite snappy, but that is a promise of KaiOS in general.
Another advantage that Nokia advertises about KaiOS is its relatively high energy efficiency: the new Nokia 8110 4G features up to 25 days standby time and up to 7 hours of talk time on a 1500 mAh battery.
The Nokia 8110 4G comes preloaded with various programs for the modern age, such as a basic Internet browser, Facebook, Twitter, Google Assistant, Google Maps, etc. Given the display and the keyboard-based navigation, such apps are not particularly comfortable to use.
Basically, they just need to be there for a ‘just in case’ scenario. Of course, there is also a new version of Nokia’s Snake game that looks better than ever, but keep in mind that due to miniature display, this title will be among a few games that will actually work well on this phone.
The reboot Nokia phone contains 1,500 mAh Li-Ion battery that lasts up to 25 days on Standby and it serves for 48 hours on Music. The battery backup of the phone is undoubtedly amazing as Nokia has the history of providing the best battery support.
Release Date And Price
Lazada is selling both the Traditional Black and Banana Yellow colour options of the Nokia 8110 4G. It also offers a 14-day return policy.
Amazon is taking pre-orders for the handset in European markets such as France, Germany, Italy, and Spain at around EUR 90 (roughly Rs. Rs. 7,050), while shipments will begin on July 4.
Notably, there are no details about the availability and price of the Nokia 8110 4G in India.