Nokia promises to 'double-down' on retro phone reboots in 2019

Yearning for an 8210? Wishing for an updated Nokia N-Gage? Desperate for a N95 re-imagining? Well, you may be in for a treat this year.

During the HMD Global press conference at MWC 2019, company CEO Florian Seiche took to the stage to reveal that over 10 million rebooted 3310 and 8110 handsets have been sold worldwide, and he revealed HMD will “double down” on retro phone reboots in 2019.

Seiche didn't reveal which iconic handsets were in line for a reboot, but none were announced in Barcelona. Instead, the only new feature phone on show was the Nokia 210.

Old, but new

While the reboots to date have only been feature phones, they still pack a web browser, Facebook, WhatsApp, 4G connectivity, rear cameras and an update to the classic Snake game – ensuring they are more relevant to today's world.

The biggest selling points for them, aside from the relatively low price tags, is battery life, with the handsets able to last up to a month on a single charge.

While the Nokia retro reboots are unlikely to replace your everyday smartphone, they may a great option to use as festival or emergency device.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

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