The Nokia 8110 4G which was officially introduced by HMD Global at Mobile World Congress in late February might launch in the United States within the May-June 2018 timeframe, at least according to a new rumor. Pricing details for the US remain unknown but given that the device was confirmed to hit European markets this May for the price of €89, it’s likely that this new 4G-enabled feature phone will land State-side for a similar price of around $100.
HMD Global is bringing another iconic feature phone back to life following the revival of the Nokia 3310 last year. The upcoming Nokia 8110 4G is a direct successor to the original Nokia feature phone bearing the same name - sans 4G, which was released by the Finnish manufacturer more than two decades ago. Evidently, the new Nokia 8110 4G is powered by new hardware components as well as a new operating system designed for feature phones, but wraps all of its components in a familiar curved body with a slider form factor, just like the original model which was nicknamed “banana phone” due to these aforementioned design characteristics. And as if to remind phone enthusiasts of its legacy, the new Nokia 8110 4G will be available in black as well as a yellow flavor. In terms of hardware, the upcoming model features a 2.4-inch non-touch color display with a resolution of 320 x 240, and is driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 205 chipset housing two ARM Cortex-A7 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.1GHz, coupled with an Adreno 304 graphics chip, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of on-board memory which can be expanded by up to an additional 64GB via microSD. Unlike the original model, the successor also carries a 2MP main camera coupled with an LED flash, and adopts a new Linux-based operating system called KaiOS, which was created in 2017 specifically for the new generation of feature phones.
Assuming that the latest rumor turns out to be correct then the Nokia 8110 4G will launch in the US sometime in the second quarter of the year, and if this will be the case then it remains to be seen whether HMD Global has any plans for partnering with local carriers in order to distribute the device in this region. The OEM has yet to make any official announcements on the matter and in such cases, it’s worth reminding that unconfirmed availability and pricing details remain subject to change.