HMD Global is one company that we admit rides on nostalgia. The company, since it’s inception, has seen tremendous growth thanks to its brand, Nokia and the fact that HMD promised to stick to the roots of what consumers loved about Nokia.
Last year, Nokia announced a remake of the Nokia 3310, something that spark excitement across the world and saw the company sell quite a number of the new 3310s. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, HMD has proven once again that nostalgia does sell devices, the company announced a remake of the Nokia 8110, which was described as the first true Nokia high-end phone at its time.
The phone was first released in 1996 and it featured an iconic design that had a ‘slider’ form factor and a curved back. The new Nokia 8110 has a similar design but brings with it a modern look and even includes 4G network connectivity.
HMD Global was proud to announce that, just like the 1996 Nokia 8110, the new Nokia 8110 (4G) can be spun helicopter style, if you’re into that kind of thing. Since the phone comes with a slider, you will be able to slide-down to answer a phone call and slide up to hang up the call, in the old-school dramatic fashion.
The new Nokia 8110 (4G) runs on smart feature OS that is built on top of Kai OS. Kai OS is forked from Firefox OS, and is built specifically to bring the power of a smartphone into feature phones – thus it supports apps such as Facebook and also has an app store to download additional apps.
One other interesting feature of the Nokia 8110 (4G) is the ability to sync email, calendar and contacts. The device will be available as from May 2018 and will carry a price tag of around €79 (approx. Kes.9800).