Nokia 1 and ‘reloaded’ 8110 complete HMD’s MWC 2018 lineup

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Just when you think HMD Global is going to zig, the always surprising Nokia brand licensee zags, unveiling an all-new version of the classic 8110 “dumb” phone at MWC 2018 instead of announcing global availability for the 4G-enabled 3310, as we expected.

Billed as “the second member of the Originals family”, the Nokia 8110 4G is joined by an Android-powered Nokia 1 smartphone at the low end of HMD’s 2018 spectrum. But the “reloaded” 8110 is far more capable than 2017’s 3310 generation, packing a Snapdragon 205 processor and 512MB RAM.

The spec sheet also includes a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display, 4GB internal storage, 1500mAh battery capacity, a 2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and VoLTE support. That’s definitely modest even by today’s humblest smartphone standards, but this revisited “banana phone” runs Smart Feature OS rather than Android.

That makes it a feature phone… with Snake, which aims to evoke the nostalgia of old Matrix fans that still think answering a call by sliding down their device cover can be a cool look. Priced at €79 “on average”, the reborn Nokia 8110 is going on sale in May. Meanwhile, the Nokia 1 will be available from “early April” at a “global average” retail price of $85, running Android Oreo out the box with Google’s performance, storage and battery life-maximizing Go optimizations.

“Designed to be smooth and responsive”, but not pretty, the 1 does bring back Nokia’s popular Xpress-on covers, allowing you to effortlessly change the color of the plastic back.

You get only the so-called “smartphone essentials” from this modest 4.5-incher, including 4G LTE connectivity, quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processing power, a 5MP rear camera with flash, 2MP front shooter, dual SIM, and surprise, surprise, a removable “full day” battery. Also, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. No Snake, though. 

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