Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Nokia 6310 ‘brick phone’ back on sale with new features

    Mobile phone brand Nokia has revived it’s one time best seller – the easy to use 6310, 20 years after it was first launched.

    The handset, adored by millions for the sleek design, long battery life and simple screen and buttons is back following a revamp for the modern age.

    Tweaks to the new version of the classic 6310 include a larger 2.8 inch screen compared with a tiny 1.8 inch screen and 320×240 pixel definition compared with the original’s 120×160 pixels when it first captured the public imagination in 2001.

    While the makeover has given it a curvier shape in trendier colours such as dark green or yellow, it remains true to it bluetooth roots using version 5.0 and steering away from groundbreaking 3G or 4G as it remains a 2G phone.

    How the Nokia 6310 used to look

    Like its predecessor, it has a massive battery life of up to 21 days, has kept its iconic Snake game and includes a single rear camera, an FM radio and MP3 player for a retro feel.

    According to website mashable.com “it’s very, very basic” but its larger buttons and type size make it a dream for those who just want a phone to make and receive calls and for the odd text message.

    Tech site pocket-lint.com said at £49.99 the rebooted 6310 was “a low cost phone for calling and the occasional text message, perhaps as a backup phone, or as a detox phone, so you can abandon social media and all the stress of modern connected lifestyles, but know you can stay connected.”

    First launched in 2001, the 6310 was updated in 2002 as the 6310i and was finally discontinued in 2005 – but will make a comeback next month following a remastering by Finnish tech giant HMD Global which licences the Nokia brand.

    The rebooted 6310 is “a low cost phone for calling"
    The rebooted 6310 is “a low cost phone for calling” (Image: Paul Henderson)

    An HMD Global spokesperson said: “The Nokia 6310 is a classic reimagined for today’s connected user. Bringing advanced accessibility, optimised ergonomics, and battery for weeks, it honours everything that Nokia phones stand for. And yes – it still has Snake.

    “With accessibility at its core, the refreshed larger push buttons and ample display make screen time more effortless and enjoyable. The new zoomed-in menus and larger font options improve readability and text messages can be listened to for ease of use.”

    HMD Global also unveiled its “life-proof” Nokia XR20 and C30 smartphones.

    Football legend Roberto Carlos who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and was a Real Madrid Galactico put the XR20 to the ultimate test by replicating his most audacious free kick and using the £400 phone as target practice.

    The new Nokia 6310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original
    The new Nokia 6310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original

    To check the handset’s durability, the 48-year-old football ambassador recreated his gravity defying “banana” free kick from the 1997 Brazil v France match and lined up three Nokia XR20s on a goal post so he could smash them with a ball in a shootout with his famous left foot.

    He said: “I’ve been asked to recreate my ’97 free kick many times over the last twenty years, but never like this before, so I had to accept the challenge.

    “Surely a mobile phone couldn’t survive the wrath of a football. I didn’t think the Nokia XR20 could have withstood the power of my kick. I may not be professional anymore, but I know I still pack a punch, so it was an impressive result.”

    The XR20 also survived being dunked in icy water, flipped, kicked and being hurled across concrete and gravel.

    HMD Global boss Florian Seiche said: “We are tapping into consumer pain points around durability and longevity.

    “We did a global trend report and found that 73% of consumers want to keep their phone for longer and would if their devices were maintained over time.

    “At HMD, we are empowering people to avoid early device replacement and encouraging a more sustainable consumption through our longevity promises.”

    While the budget Nokia 6310 is at a bargain £49.99, the XR20 starts from £399 for a 64GB handset and the C30 which hits stores in September will be £99 for a 32GB device.

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