Monday, 10 September 2018 12:57

Nokia reloads the matrix of its 8110 phone with 4G for A$129

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It's not a case of deja-vu, but a new product you can go bananas over in a most retro way, but with modern 4G speeds Keanu could only have dreamed of.

Wake up, Neo. The Matrix has been reloaded, and your beloved banana phone now comes in 4G at long last. Ring Ring!

Nokia has reintroduced its 8110 "banana phone model", with "elegantly curved slider design" and now with 4G connectivity. The company announced this phone back in February, but it is finally coming to Australia from 20 September at Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Big W and Officeworks "from $129". 

Obviously this is a feature phone, but still gives access to some smarts, such as Twitter, Outlook, Gmail, Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and other apps and games.

Nokia says "it also gives you the chance to switch off, have fun and relax with the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them".

With a familiar and easy to use interface, we're told the Nokia 8110 "features intuitive tactile mechanics, with slide-to-answer and end calls, as well as an addictive helicopter-style spin on its axis".

"It comes with the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone as well as an extended battery life with up to 25 days standby time, delivering durability and reliability as standard."

It has a Wi-Fi hotspot capability, so "you can turn your Nokia 8110 into a portable Internet connection to share with other devices, friends and family.

"It comes with preloaded favourites such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and an app store for downloads that includes Twitter and games.

"Users can also send and receive emails, import contacts and sync their calendars with Outlook and Gmail. To keep it running flawlessly, the handset features the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform and delivers crystal-clear calling."

Naturally, Nokia talks this up as making "the Nokia 8110 perfect for anyone who wants an iconic 4G feature phone or a companion phone".

James Robinson, acting country manager for Australia, said: "We’re really excited to bring another member of the Nokia Originals family to Australia.

"We want fans to enjoy the iconic curved, slide to answer function whilst still having all their smartphone essentials at their fingertips."

As you can see, there are "two vibrant colours to choose from, Traditional Black and Banana Yellow", and even has the reloaded Snake Game.

Here's the comany's video, with specs following that: 

Full Specs:

Key features

Just slide to answer a phone call and close it to end

Retro classic reloaded with the latest technology, inspired by the legendary Nokia 8110

  • The second member of the Originals family, joining the smash hit Nokia 3310.
  • Uniquely addictive tactile mechanics: slide to answer a phone call and close it to end, as well as spin helicopter style on its axis.
  • A familiar and easy to use interface.
  • Comes preloaded with the revamped Snake game.

Switch off, have fun and relax with the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them

  • Combine the essential capabilities of your smartphone with the battery life and durability of a feature phone.
  • Effortlessly import contacts and sync your calendar through Gmail and Outlook.
  • Downloadable and pre-loaded games.
  • Great battery life with up to 25 days standby time.

20th century classic, 21st century connectivity

  • Bring your own Wi-Fi with you, wherever you go, share your data via wireless hotspot.
  • Mail for Exchange.
  • Over the air software updates.

Operating times

  • Standby time: up to 25 days (LTE).
  • Talk time: up to 11.28 (WCDMA) hours.
  • MP3 playback: up to 48 hours.
  • Video playback: up to 6.1 hours.

Key specifications

  • Networks: 2G: 900/1800, 3G: WB-CDMA 1/5/8, 4G: FDD-LTE 1/3/5/7/8/20
  • OS: Smart Feature OS
  • Chipset: Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform (MSM8905 Dual Core 1.1 GHz)
  • RAM: 512MB LPDDR3
  • Storage: 4GB eMMC internal memory
  • Display: 2.4-inch QVGA display, curved display
  • Camera: 2MP rear camera
  • Connectivity/Sensors: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm AV jack
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • FM radio
  • Audio playback file formats: AAC, AMR, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis
  • MicroSIM slot

Nokia 8110 sales package includes

  • Nokia 8110
  • Charger, charging / data cable
  • User guide
  • Headset

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