Blast from the past: iconic feature phones that Nokia brought back from the dead

HMD Global launched the Nokia 3310 (2017) a couple of years ago as a nod to the brand’s most legendary feature phone. The device was well received globally in the smartphone era, plainly because of the nostalgia factor attached to it. Since then, HMD has refreshed several of Nokia’s iconic feature phones in a more modern garb. In this list, we take you through the top feature phones that have been revived by the brand.

Nokia 3310 4G

When HMD Global took over Nokia and decided to re-launch the brand, the decision to refresh the Nokia 3310 was a brilliant move, given the phone’s iconic stature. Not only did the new Nokia 3310 come with the signature Snake game, but included the Nokia ringtone too. To stay relevant in 2017, the brand added few modern touches like a 2.4-inch colour screen, support for two SIM cards, expandable storage, micro-USB port, Bluetooth and more. However, the phone received some flak for supporting only 2G connectivity. HMD Global rectified the issue soon after by launching the 4G variant of the same.

Nokia 8110 4G

If you are a 90’s kid and a Matrix fan, chances are you wanted the stylish sliding phone that Neo (Keanu Reeves’ character in the movie) used. This phone was Nokia 8110, which was fondly referred to as the ‘Banana Phone’. Given its immense popularity, it was natural for HMD Global to revive another classic. In its modern avatar, the phone also gets a banana yellow colour. The slightly curved phone lets users answer and end calls by just moving the slider up and down, which is its X-factor. Apart from this, the phone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform processor, 512MB of RAM, 2-megapixel camera and Snake. Running Smart Feature OS, the Nokia 8110 4G offers an impressive 25 days of battery standby.

Nokia 2720 Flip

Nokia was at the top of its game during the late ’90s, and had launched some seriously innovative phones back in the day. One such phone was the Nokia 2720 Fold, which was launched back in 2009 and featured a cool flip design with an external display for notifications. At the ongoing IFA 2019 in Berlin, the brand has bought back the iconic phone in a similar form factor but in a more classy design. Users can simply flick the lid open to answer calls and close it to end. Other features include a 2.8-inch colour display, 1.3-inch external display, KaiOS, Snake and 27 days of standby time on battery.

Nokia 105 (2019)

The Nokia 105 is considered to be the most popular feature phone by the brand, and has sold in the excess of tens of millions across the globe. This number alone is the testament to how legendary and popular the phone is. At IFA 2019, HMD Global launched the fourth-generation of the phone, the successor to the 2017 model. The latest version packs in 26 days standby battery, a 1.77-inch QQVGA colour display, Series 30+ software and the Snake game. Flaunting the rock solid Nokia design, the 105 (2019) is being offered in blue, pink and black colourways.

Nokia 220 4G

HMD Global brought back a popular feature phone from 2014 – the Nokia 220 4G. As the name suggests, the phone packs all the niceties of the earlier model but features LTE this time around. Users of the phone will be able to make clear HD video calls via 4G LTE and also browse the web at a faster speed. Other specs of the phone remain the same, including a 2.4-inch color display, standby time of 27 days, Snake, digital camera and more. And like every other Nokia feature phone, it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket as well.

There you have it, the most iconic feature phones bought back from the dead by HMD Global. Which one of these are your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.