Nokia is revamping phones from the past and this time it is the coolest phone from the nineties, the Nokia 8110, aka the Banana phone. The phone is famous for starring in one of the most popular movies in the world, The Matrix, alongside Keanu Reeves. Like the modernized Nokia 3310, which was released in October 2017, the 8110 4G is another one of Nokia’s attempts to appeal to people’s nostalgia as its biggest selling factor. Not a bad strategy from the Finnish consumer electronics company because people are hyped.
The “Banana Phone” gets its nickname for the slight curvature in its form factor that makes it resemble a banana. It has a curved slider which comes down to reveal a T9 keypad and also lights up the display in the process. The phone has a body made up of polycarbonate and a 2.4-inch curved display (take that Samsung). It also rocks a 2.0 MP rear camera with LED flash, which is not surprising for a feature phone. The device supports 4G LTE and runs on a Smart Feature Operating System powered by KaiOS, a Linux based mobile operating system. Inside the phone, we will find 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. Nokia claims that the 8110 4G houses a battery so powerful that it will give users a whopping 25 days of standby time on a single charge.
Although the Nokia 8110 4G will not have android apps, Nokia has partnered with a few app companies to bring the users some of the popular apps like Facebook, Twitter and a whole bunch of Google apps. And of course, the phone comes with Snake preinstalled. The 8110 tries to give the consumers the best of both worlds by being a feature phone with a few smartphone functionalities. What that experience will be like, we will soon be able to find out when the phone becomes available later this year with a price tag of around 8000 BDT.
Texts by: Muntaqa Bari