A new version of Nokia’s retro 3310 will be released very soon as per numerous reports. Initially launched for 2G networks alone, HMD Global brought 3G connectivity to the Nokia 3310 last year itself. The company now seeks to launch a 4G variant of the device. The new version of classic Nokia 3310 recently passed through the TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body for telecommunication devices.
Initially, some images were spotted on TENNA last week, but since then the listing has been updated with phone specifications. The listing confirms the Nokia 3310 with model number TA-1077 will support various LTE bands, including Band 38, Band 39, Band 40, and Band 41, alongside standards such as GSM, TD-SCDMA, and TD-LTE.
The TENAA listing revealed that Nokia 3310 4G would be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, paired with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of internal memory. A microSD card slot is available for storage expansion of up to 128GB.
Other than that, the Nokia 3310 with 4G connectivity would have the same aesthetics as the original model. It keeps the same screen as 3G model, which is a 2.4-inch TFT, non-touch display with a 240 x 320-pixel resolution. It also has a single camera which is just a 2MP rear sensor and a 1200mAh battery, which again are identical to standard Nokia 3310.
However, the listing suggests a change in the operating system. The new Nokia device will run YunOS 5.2.0 which is an Android-based mobile operating system developed by China’s Alibaba. YunOS is also capable of running few Android-based apps like a stripped down version of WhatsApp. HMD may develop a feature phone version of the YunOS, or it may use a forked version.
As for launch of new Nokia 3310, nothing is confirmed so far. It is speculated to happen at HMD Global’s January 19 event in China, alongside the launch of the flagship Nokia 9, Nokia 8 (2018), and Nokia 6 (2018). The company could also decide until MWC 2018, as they brought the original Nokia 3310 at last year’s MWC in Barcelona.