Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is doubling down on the tech nostalgia card it pulled out again in February, by saying a 3G edition of the colorful candybar Nokia 3310 — now with guidance for a handful of applications.

So as nicely as chat, text and the typical Nokia Snake activity, it now touts the capacity for the 3310 3G to use applications like Fb, Twitter and Skype — mostly many thanks to the presence of a 3G radio (vs the slower and probably unsupported, depending on carrier and industry, 2G GSM tech used in the 3310 announced earlier this 12 months).

Offered the presence of 3G, HMD has decided to beef up the size of the handset marginally — it’s 13.29% bigger volume to be exact — saying it’s been ergonomically redesigned to allow much more spacing in between the buttons to make the typing knowledge much more comfortable.

However battery lifetime is noticeably lowered, also many thanks to the presence of 3G, with only up to 6.5 several hours of chat time now vs up 22.1 several hours for the 2G edition. (While Nokia 3310 3G users get up to 27 days of standby time, which is up marginally on the 25.3 days touted for the 2G edition.)

“The addition of 3G info connectivity delivers this popular mobile phone to even much more followers around the planet,” HMD writes in a push release. “The Nokia 3310 3G combines the chat and text appeal of the present-day model with a 3G info link, meaning you can now delight in the typical across much more nations around the world.”

HMD says it experienced to build some new core software to allow guidance for 3G — so the 3310 3G has a marginally various OS vs the 2G edition of the mobile phone.

The 3G edition of the retro typical is also marginally much more highly-priced (RRP of €69 vs €49 for the 2G).

HMD says the 3G cellular will be rolling out globally from mid-October — with Australia amid the to start with marketplaces the place it will be offered.

Tech nostalgia is just 1 50 % of HMD’s cellular play of program, with an Android driven smartphone line — this kind of as the Nokia 8 flagship it unboxed last month — and, now, a portfolio of nearly ten cellular equipment in play right after significantly less than a 12 months of bringing the Nokia brand again to the cellular industry.

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