The specialty of the phone was its focus on music then. The phone was built for a high performance music experience. Transferring music to the phone was easy. Users could copy their own music from CDs and MP3s onto it.
The FM radio station had 20 preset radio stations. It also had a sound recorder that allowed people to record their favorite music from the radio.
As audio coding was also supported, more music could be stored on the phone.
The messaging features included text messaging and instant messaging. Multimedia messages were also allowed with images, photos and files that were used as wallpapers or image frames on the phone itself.
So what’s happening since then?
At the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, HMD Global re-launched the phone during their press conference. The phone was announced along with three others – the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. The promise by their CEO was swiftly made with him claiming that the phone would be back with its three most important and missed features – the culturally iconic Snake game, the tinkling Nokia ringtone and the blissfully long battery life.
The marketing concentrated on the nostalgia factor reminding everyone that this was one of the world’s most loved phones at a point. Even with the market overflowing with more advanced smart phones, the re launch continued to gather a lot of press as everybody was talking about it.
The phone finally was released in the market in May, 2017 via Carphone Warehouse.
Firstly, this is not a touch screen phone. It takes us back to the good old keypads with buttons which we have to press to navigate through the phone.
Its new features include a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash. However there is no front camera. Image resolution is 1600 x 1200 pixels and digital zoom is there as a camera feature.
Bluetooth facility is there on the new phone. It has a 2.4 inch screen, 240 x 320 px and 167 PPI. The handset comes in colors of red, yellow, white and blue. It doesn’t venture too far from its original brick like shape but this time the edges are smoothly polished and rounded. The windows are curved with polarized layers to enable people to read better in sunlight.
The new phone is more lightweight than its predecessor. It is estimated to weigh around 80 grams. The price is around 42 pounds in the UK and around $65 in the US.
The key feature of long battery life is said to continue with the new phone promising a 22 hour talktime and one month of standby time. The battery is removable and is of 1200 mAh.
The phone is available in both single and dual SIM variants. Finger print sensor is not an option.
2G connectivity is supported. The FM radio, loudspeaker and MP3 music player continues as well. Music ringtones, polyphonic ringtones and vibrations are supported. The other basic features such as calendar, alarm, calculator, world clock and stopwatch continue.
An internal memory of 16 MB storage is promised along with a MicroSD card slot with support up to 32 GB.
Yes, there is an updated version of Snake. We simply cannot do without it.
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