The classic 3310 is back

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

HAND­SET maker Nokia is back after a long ab­sence with four bud­get friendly phones, in­clud­ing the iconic Nokia 3310.

First launched 17 years ago, the orig­i­nal 3310 was one of Nokia’s best sell­ing phones.

The re­freshed 3310 is not just a blast from the past. Priced at RM239, it has 2G In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, which al­lows for ba­sic web surf­ing with an Opera browser.

It sports the classic, fa­mil­iar look­ing frame and has a 2.4in colour screen and dual-SIM sup­port.

Ac­cord­ing to Nokia, the phone of­fers up to 22 hours of talk­time on a sin­gle charge. Users will also be able to en­joy the classic Snake game, along with the com­pany’s classic ring­tones.

It runs on a pro­pri­etary op­er­at­ing sys­tem which looks sim­i­lar to the old Sym­bian OS that was used on the old Nokia phones.

Avail­able in four colours – Warm Red, Yel­low (glossy fin­ish), Dark Blue and Grey (matte fin­ish) – the 3310 can be pre-or­dered on 11street from now un­til June 12.

Nokia also launched three An­droid smart­phones – the Nokia 3, 5 and 6, all priced be­low RM1,000.

Nokia 3, the en­try-level model, sports a 5in HD (1,280 x 720 pix­els) IPS dis­play with an alu­minium frame and poly­car­bon­ate back.

It is pow­ered by a Me­di­aTek 6737 1.3GHz quad-core pro­ces­sor and has 2GB RAM, 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age, and 8-megapixel cam­eras on the front and back.

Priced at RM599, Nokia 3 will be avail­able in four colours – Sil­ver White, Matte Black, Tem­pered Blue and Cop­per Sil­ver.

The Nokia 5 has a pre­mium uni­body alu­minium de­sign along with a larger 5.2in HD (1,280 x 720 pix­els) dis­play.

It has an en­try-level Qual­comm Snap­dragon 430 pro­ces­sor, 13-megapixel rear cam­era and 8-megapixel front-fac­ing cam­era, 2GB RAM, 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age and 3,000mAh bat­tery.

The Nokia 5 will come in four colours – Tem­pered Blue, Sil­ver, Matte Black and Cop­per. The Nokia 5 will be priced at RM799.

The most pre­mium de­vice of the three is the Nokia 6, which has a 5.5in full-HD dis­play.

It sports a uni­body alu­minium de­sign with di­a­mond-cut edges which can be found in many pre­mium smart­phones that are two to three times its price.

It has a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 430 pro­ces­sor, 3GB RAM, 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age and 3,000mAh bat­tery. The rear cam­era is 16 me­gapix­els while the front is 8 me­gapix­els.

The Nokia 6 will be priced at RM999 and will be avail­able in four colours – Matte Black, Tem­pered Blue, Sil­ver and Cop­per. A pre­mium Arte Black vari­ant will be in­tro­duced at a later date.

All three mod­els of­fer the pure vanilla An­droid 7.0 (Nougat) ex­pe­ri­ence. The com­pany promised monthly se­cu­rity up­dates and up to two years of soft­ware sup­port.

Nokia 3 will be avail­able in retail stores na­tion­wide from mid-June while the Nokia 5 and 6 will go on sale at the end of the month.

The Nokia phones will be made and sold by HMD Global, the ex­clu­sive li­censee of the Nokia brand for phones and tablets.

Mod­els pos­ing with the Nokia 5 (left), 3310 (sec­ond from left), and Nokia 6. — IBRAHIM MOHTAR/The Star

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