In 1999, Keanu Reeves was famous for playing Neo in The Matrix, and not for looking sad in a bank. Nokia was also the "leading mobile provider in the world" at the time, and used this popularity to present its "banana phone" Nokia 8110 in the movie The Matrix. At that time, all those who considered themselves great (definitely me) wanted a Nokia phone like Neo's, but most of us had to settle for the Nokia 7110 with its spring-loaded slider.
Now HMD, manufacturers of Nokia brand phones, is bringing the Nokia 8110 back to life as a retro classic. Like the Nokia 3310 that was a surprise success at the Mobile World Congress last year, the 8110 plays at the same level of nostalgia. The slightly curved phone has a slider that allows you to answer and end calls, and HMD is creating traditional black and yellow banana versions.
The Nokia 8110 runs with the Smart Feature operating system, so this is a basic phone and you will not have access to the Android applications found on other Nokia Android smartphones. However, HMD is creating an application store for the device, which will include Facebook, so there is the possibility that third parties can create their own applications for this.
Unlike the 3310, the 8110 will ship with LTE support throughout Europe, with dual SIM versions available as well. Inside there is a Qualcomm 205 mobile platform processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. While the banana phone looks great in pictures, it is relatively small with just a 2.4-inch QVGA screen and a 2-megapixel camera in the back. You'll even have access to an improved Snake game and an impressive 25-day standby battery.
The Nokia 8110 will be available in May for only 79 euros ($ 97).