There’s a 4G version of the Nokia 3310 but why?

Posted:  December 29, 2017   By:    21 comments   


Nokia 3310 4G

The revived Nokia 3310 under HMD Global had created a lot of buzz earlier this year. Unfortunately, being a 2G only device, its usage was severely limited to countries that still have 2G networks operating.

To expand its reach, HMD Global had released a newer Nokia 3310 3G which came with 4X the storage along with some minor design tweaks. For those who love the appeal of old-school feature phone but wished if it had faster connectivity, Nokia appears to be working on a 4G version of the Nokia 3310. A feature phone with 4G? Why would anyone bother?

Instead of a dated S30+ software, the Nokia 3310 4G is listed with YunOS, a mobile operating system by AliBaba. It might support Android apps but we don’t expect too much from its tiny display. The current Nokia 3310 / 3310 3G has a 2.4″ 320×240 screen and it’s likely to be as pixelated on the 4G version. At the very least, we hope that HMD Global adds WiFi support for the 4G model.

There’s no info on the release date and pricing but it could be announced during MWC 2018. After all, it’s almost a year since the Nokia 3310 (2017) was first introduced at Barcelona. This could be a China exclusive device as it will support TD-LTE bands as well as SCDMA and GSM. Would you consider buying a Nokia 3310 with 4G? You could be better off with a sub-RM300 Android smartphone.

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21 Comments for There’s a 4G version of the Nokia 3310 but why?

Utusan

Standby WhatsApp for one week….I will definitely buy

LKF

With 2G being shut down this is an important device… Having 4G connection in a feature phone.

I will probably need in another 30++ years time…

AdKiller

The reason for 4G support is because the 2G and 3G networks tend to be much more saturated and celcos are not investing into new 2G/3G infra except for areas still depended on it. So it is no surprise that they are releasing a 4G model to catch up with the times.

Also S30+ no longer exists, it has been replaced by KaiOS. Unlike S30, KaiOS has a modern store front and apps. You can read more about them here: https://www.kaiostech.com/meet-kai-technologies-f…

Next time do some research la, don't simply tembak with useless info!

    soyacincau

    Where did you get the info that the Nokia 3310 4G runs on KaiOS? According to its TENAA listing, it will be powered by Alibaba's YunOS.

    If you read the post, we have never objected the importance 4G over 2G/3G networks. Our argument is there a need for a feature phone with 4G since Android phones are getting cheaper. The Nokia 3310 2G is already priced at RM239 and today you can get better Android phones that run proper Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp for less than RM300.

    With Android Go devices coming out next year, there will be even more super-entry level smartphones that can run with less than 1GB of RAM. You can learn more here: http://www.soyacincau.com/2017/05/19/android-go-w…

      LKF

      Feature phones are good for the elderly ppl who may find virtual keypad difficult to navigate and forget how to switch screens.

      With a physical keyboard, you can’t really go wrong. It’s not the price but ease of use for ppl who just wish to make calls with occasional sms.

      Its for ppl who are say in their 60s and above…

      AdKiller

      "Our argument is there a need for a feature phone with 4G since Android phones are getting cheaper."
      How many Android phones come with a keypad or keyboard? Have more than a day's worth of battery?
      There is still a market for such phones. Try thinking out of the box.

      "The Nokia 3310 2G is already priced at RM239 and today you can get better Android phones that run proper Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp for less than RM300."
      How durable is it? There are many such phones, but they come with cheap low quality components.

      "With Android Go devices coming out next year, there will be even more super-entry level smartphones that can run with less than 1GB of RAM."
      They have already attempted this previously with Android One and it was a dismal failure. In this new attempt they are hoping that app vendors will release Lite or Go versions of their apps to run on such devices. This will require the app vendors to get onboard and port their apps to fit this model. KaiOS on the other hand is built to run on low end devices from the ground up and its app catalog is already designed in that way, unlike Android Go.

      "Where did you get the info that the Nokia 3310 4G runs on KaiOS? According to its TENAA listing, it will be powered by Alibaba's YunOS."
      That is only for the China market. For the global market it will be KaiOS. There is already leaked info on this out there for their keypad based devices.

        c933103

        It would be confusing as f if they're really shipping same phone with different system toward different market under the same name.

          halfey

          Confusing to who? If it's the company I believe they can manage. Android phone makers are doing something similar all the time, like shipping different market-dependent ROMs for the same phone, and those ROMs are often incompatible to each other, meaning that you can't simply flash a US ROM into a device meant to be sold in SEA, regardless the devices are carrier unlocked or not. I've seen phone makers like ZTE and LG doing it, respectively for the Axon 7 and V20. Even Samsung used to fit different processors in the same phone model, like using Snapdragon for US market while using Exynos for the rest of the world. And I don't think it would be confusing for consumers either. As long as you bought the variant meant for your country (instead of gray market import) I think you should be fine. Besides Nokia is not like some Chinese phone makers who often give you headache when dealing with their customer service. If the phone you received is with the 'wrong' OS there's a good chance you can exchange it or continue using it if the 'wrong' OS works for you.

      c933103

      Please note that since YunOS is basically an Android clone, this 4G version of Nokia 3310 can be seen as more or less something like an Android phone.
      Multiples device makers have released 4G feature phones, and most of them are running Android despite you won't find this info in their spec sheet.
      Therefore, the "Android vs feature phone" argument cannot be established, as makers are merging advantages of both of them together to make this kind of phone which will be usable and accessible by different target customers and could be desirable over smartphone due to their usability.

      guest

      countries like Singapore will be phasing out 2G connectivity -> Nokia 3310 is a very good phone to be sold at the airport for visa-on-arrival tourists looking for the cheap way to call locally to their friends and family in Singapore -> hence a 4G version is timely.

    c933103

    A few correction,
    1. S30+ still exists together with KaiOS. They are different platform by different company. S30+ is developed and rebranded from a MediaTeK platform back in the date. Meanwhile, KaiOS is developed by a company seemingly affiliated with TCL in China. They serve different purpose
    2. S30+ is a totally different breast from S30
    3. Some later S30+ phones have store built in and can run apps like wechat
    4. Next time, before telling peopple to do some research, please finish your own research first

      AdKiller

      You misunderstood:
      1. New devices will be on KaiOS. I wasn't talking about old devices or devices that are already launched in the market.
      2. I wasn't disputing that. However, the APIs and UIX are the same.
      3. I was referring to a modern storefront. Also, the S30 apps are ported and maintained by Nokia. Unlike Kai OS which has actual ISVs building apps for the platform.
      4. Maybe next time read properly or improve your reading comprehension first.

        c933103

        1. Unless you have some secret intel, how do you know? They haven't even officially announced their first KaiOS device yet. Hard to predict what kind of system will they be using on phones that do not need the 4G capability and I don't think they would use these new systems on them. MTK have discontinued the MRE platform but HMD have released S30+ phone thereafter.
        2. Same api? Unlike S30+, S30 do not actually have apps as far as I understand
        3. I am not so sure about in what way the KaiOS's storefront being superior to Opera's

LOL

Yay! Dumb phone for smart network. Wake me up when they make 5G version.

Kiki

If can make hotspot, sure buy one.

Kvs

These feature phones with 4G VOLTE are very popular in India where the government is promoting digital payments thru SMS applications using government provided gateways. These apps and phones support local languages any give better battery usage than smartphone which are mostly with WiFi and mobile data.

c933103

Why? Pretty simple. Nowadays, some mobile carriers only support 4G, so you need a 4G phone even if you do nothing other than calling. Dozens of 4G dumb phone have already been released onto market nowadays.

Rangka Kacang

If can use proxy or vpn and bypass the dictator MCMC/SKMM to open xhamster, redtube, and pornhub, this phone is a BUY for me. Just imagine the possibility of fapping for 1 week like a boss without recharge battery sure steady one. Walao eh!

LiveLifeSmart

Not everyone deserves a smartphone. For not so smart people, they look for a basic phone but need 4G to feel part of the next generation. If they are smart, 3g phone is enough for them. 3g has bigger coverage and save battery power.

    c933103

    Not really. It takes less power to transmit 4G signal. And carrier can also utilize the spectrum more effectively if they can make people replace 3G with 4G and serve more people with same spectrum.
    Moreover, some carriers are now disabling 3G technology because of high maintenance and licensing fee of those legacy equipment, therefore 4G could have better coverage on those carriers than 3G.

Geezer

If it supports whatsapp, then definitely ill buy. For me mum.