Nokia is back baby, in a blend of old and new devices.
Nokia’s return to Ireland will be a blaze of nostalgia, armed with the familiar-looking Nokia 3310 as well as a range of new Android devices manufactured on contract by HMD Global.
The redux of the Nokia 3310 – replete with much-loved features such as Snake – caused quite a stir at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, returning to the world 17 years after its first release.
The 3310 was accompanied by new Android devices such as the Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6, offering a tempting glimpse of what life might have been like if Nokia had adopted Android rather than succumbed to a doomed, if stealthy, takeover by Microsoft.
The revamped 3310 comes with a 2.4in screen, costs only €59 and has a 22-hour talk time, as well as a battery life of theoretically a month – a performance unheard of these days as most batteries on well-used smartphones would last a day, maybe two at a stretch.
New Nokia smartphones
Also debuting in Ireland is the €249 Nokia 6, a 5.5in Android device with a HD screen and an aluminium unibody. Its standout features include a smart audio amplifier, dual speakers powered by Dolby and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.
The €209 Nokia 5 is a 5.2in device also powered by Snapdragon, with an 8MP wide-angle, front-facing camera, ideal for the selfie generation.
The compact €149 5in Nokia 3 comes with an integrated 8MP wide-aperture lens front and back, and a polarised screen, making it ideal for bright light conditions.
The Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 will be available exclusively in Ireland from Three while the Nokia 3 will be stocked by Three, Vodafone, Eir and Carphone Warehouse.
The retro Nokia 3310 will be available from Vodafone, Eir and Carphone Warehouse.
All of the devices will hit the Irish market on 2 August.