May 24 confirmed as Nokia 3310 launch date

Nokia 3310

HMD has confirmed that the Nokia 3310 will be launched in the UK later this month.

The relaunch of the iconic handset has been confirmed for May 24, with the device available in a choice of colours from both Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone and will cost £49.99.

Carphone Warehouse opened pre-orders for the handset earlier this year and has described demand for the 3310 as “astonishing”, with it seeing an “unprecedented level of demand” when the phone was announced.

“There has been a groundswell of interest in the Nokia 3310 following the launch announcement of this reimagined classic,” said Andrew Wilson, UK director of buying at Carphone Warehouse. “Levels of pre-registrations at Carphone Warehouse are incredibly strong, proving that it’s not all hype and that consumers really want to get their hands on one.”

The new version of the Nokia 3310 will be smaller than the original and will apparently have a standby battery life on a month. Fans of the original phone will be relieved to hear that the relaunched handset will come with the classic game ‘Snake’.

The device is not without its issues however, as the phone will utilise 900MHz and 1800MHz, the frequencies that were commonly used prior to widespread 3G use.

900MHz and 1800MHz are still used in many parts of the world but have been discontinued in the vast majority of the Americas and is being phased out worldwide. This means that the phones will be virtually unusable in these regions and may face issues in the future should other regions switch off these frequencies.

The phone will come with a 2.4-inch colour screen, Bluetooth, an LED torch, an FM radio and a two-megapixel camera. It will even be possible to go online by way of the Opera Mini browser, although the device’s 2.5G connection will make internet usage very slow.

The 3310 was relaunched just before this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has been developed by HMD, which acquired a ten-year license to use Nokia’s name last year.

The phone has been developed by HMD, which acquired a ten-year license to use Nokia’s brand name in May 2016.