It phased out, because other Feature phones, as well as Symbian phones, surfaced into the into the Nigerian market. By implication, we were exposed to a variety of choices, and that saw the extinction of that powerful device.
Historically, Nokia dominated the global market, especially in Nigeria (2001-2010). Nokia had only a few competitors such as Motorola, Samsung, and other brands, but these brands were not as strong as the Finish phone maker.
Nokia had struggled to maintain its market share above 30% till 2010 but nosedived immediately.They were not ready to provide the needed innovation accompanied by the invention of smartphones.
Although, the Finish phone maker got some respite when Microsoft bought its Devices and Services business in 2014 for $9.4 billion. It was obviously a colossal loss to Microsoft Incorporated, not because Nokia was not a good brand but it faced stiff competition with Google and Apple regarding its operating system. And subsequently, HMD Global became the producers of Nokia.
However, HMD Global took the world by surprise when the firm announced in a press conference on February 26, 2017, that the revamped version of Nokia 3310 is expected to be sold in markets across the world in the second quarter of the year.
Although, there are other Nokia-branded Android smartphones announced, the new Nokia 3310 will be sold under license by the Finnish startup HMD Global.
Obviously, there are no questions concerning the reasons behind the decision of HMD Global to adopt the name Nokia 3310.
As stated earlier, the phone was so iconic due to its features and that brought out its popularity, for me, this is a fantastic way to relaunch Nokia’s phone brand.
“The 3310 was the first mass-market mobile, and there’s a massive amount of nostalgia and affection for it. If HMD had just announced three Android devices, they would have barely got a couple of column inches in the press. So, the 3310 is a brilliant move, and we expect it will sell in significant volumes,” said Ben Wood, Technology consultancy CCS Insight.
What are the Features of the Revamped Nokia 3310?
There is little or no difference in the design of the old Nokia 3310 and the revamped one, however, glaring differences in the way they work. So, you shouldn’t be expecting something like a big screen because the old Nokia 3310 never had a big screen.
Coloured Screen: In those days, we often hear something like “colored screen” (screen resolution). The earlier phones were never a colored display. In the new revamped 3310, we have a colored screen. Also, has a 2.40-inch display with a resolution of 240 pixels by 320 pixels.
Storage: Earlier feature phones were just like that, without any form of memory for storage, however, the new Nokia 3310 has 16MB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card.
Camera: No phone had a camera when the likes of Samsung Pole handset, Nokia 3310 and Motorola were launched in Nigeria. The new Nokia 3310 has a 2-megapixel primary camera on the rear
Battery: A 1200mAh removable battery powers the new Nokia 3310. It measures 115.60 x 51.00 x 12.80 (height x width x thickness) .
Dual Sim: The idea of dual SIM was never known in pre-smartphone era. The new Nokia 3310 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile that accepts Micro-SIM and Micro-SIM.
Screen Size 2.40-inch Resolution 240×320 pixels Storage 16MB Rear Camera 2-megapixel Front Camera No OS Series 30 Battery Capacity 1200mAh Dimensions 115.60 x 51.00 x 12.80mm Battery capacity (mAh) 1200 Removable battery Yes Touchscreen No Resolution 240×320 pixels Internal storage 16MB Expandable storage Yes Rear camera 2-megapixel Flash Yes Front camera No Operating System Series 30 Bluetooth Yes, v 3.00 Headphones 3.5mm FM Yes 3G No 4G/ LTE No SENSORS Compass/ Magnetometer
In conclusion, Nigerians are yet to see the sale of the revamped Nokia 3310. We expect the phone to saturate the market in a couple of months. And I am optimistic, a lot of Nigerians would want to fee the revamped Nokia 3310.