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Nokia relaunches iconic 3310 model

Nokia relaunches iconic 3310 model

BARCELONA — Finnish brand Nokia, a former mobile star, has relaunched its revamped version of iconic 3310 model more than a decade after it was phased out along with three other new Android smartphones —Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 — on Sunday.

The Nokia 6 was already available in China and will now go on sale globally.

Unlike the original, which was known for its sturdiness, the new Nokia 3310 will allow web browsing. It’s available in four colors, and features a 2.4-inch color screen, 2-megapixel camera and support for up to 32 GB of storage, if you use a microSD card.

It looks fresher and slicker than its predecessor and significantly slimmer frame particularly welcome changes.

More importantly, you can play Snake again. Yes, The new version will bring back its predecessor’s popular Snake game and distinctive ringtones, said Arto Nummela, the head of Finnish start-up HMD Global which will produce the phone under a licensing agreement with Nokia.

“The telephone will allow you to talk for 22 hours, ten times more than the original,” he said during a presentation in Barcelona on the eve of the start of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile phone show.

Launched in 2000, Nokia’s original 3310 sold nearly 120 million units worldwide before it was discontinued in 2005, making it one of the world’s best-selling mobile phones.

Nokia was the world’s top mobile maker between 1998 and 2011 but was overtaken by South Korean rival Samsung after failing to respond to the rapid rise of smartphones.