HMD Global is launching the revamped Nokia 3310 and three other new models — Nokia 3, 5, and 6 from June 1 for Dh199 and the other models after that. HMD Global is the company that owns the rights to sell Nokia-branded phones and tablets for 10 years. It develops, builds and sells the phones with inputs from Nokia.
It has a 2.4-inch (240 x 320) colour display and a 2MP rear camera compared to the monochrome of the original.
HMD said the Snake game will be snaking its way back into people’s hearts with a new version available to play on Messenger, part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross-platform experience. It has 30 days of standby time and 22 hours of talk time.
Smartphone users can use the device as a companion device. At its peak in 2008, Nokia was the world’s top mobile phone company. It shipped 468 million handsets, of which 60 million were smartphones. It had a mobile market share of whopping 41 per cent then, compared to the current leader Samsung which just had a 19 per cent share in 2016.
According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), 215.33 million mobile handsets were shipped in Africa during 2016. Out of this, feature phones totalled 119.97 million units with a 16.1 per cent year-on-year increase compared to 3.4 per cent year-on-year increase in smartphone shipments to 95.37 million units.
This growth saw feature phones increase their unit share of Africa’s overall handset market from 53 per cent in 2015 to 56 per cent in 2016.