Call it a publicity stunt or maybe just trying to cash in on nostalgia, but the Nokia 8810 phone, made famous for being used in the film The Matrix, has been relaunched.
The new 8810 4G “banana phone,” was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will be available to buy from May.
The 8810, manufactured for Nokia by HMD Global, will feature a camera, 4G coverage and a small color screen interface, full of apps. The makers say that it will cost €79 and for those who find the bright yellow a bit too wacky, there will also be a black version.
HMD said that “the Nokia 8110 comes with the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone, delivering durability and reliability as standard, and with a familiar and easy to use interface, it features intuitive tactile mechanics, with slide to answer and end calls, as well as an addictive helicopter style spin on its axis.”
The makers have suggested that the 8110 is an ideal “weekend phone” that can give people the “chance to switch off, have fun and relax in the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them”.
To be fair, there is a bit kit in the relaunched version. It’s got 4G for a start. Facebook will also be available through an app store and according to Nokia there will be some form of access to Google’s Assistant, Maps and search, as well as email, texts and Twitter. And of course, no boring retro-commute to work would be complete without being able to play a few games of Snake, so that’s included.
But aside from hipster nonsense it’s hard to see quite why people might want a phone that was first launched 22 years ago may seem unclear, until you remember the one way in which phones from 22 years ago were much better than current models… battery life.
This new phone’s battery is said to last 25 days.