The Nokia 3310 is one of the most iconic handsets ever made. Aside from its popular reputation as being indestructible, it’s one device that many of us have owned at some point in our lives. Mobile phones have come a long way since the time when the Nokia 3310 reigned supreme but HMD Global, the company that’s making Nokia-branded handsets now, has slowly but surely brought it back into the modern age. The company has now launched a 4G LTE compatible variant of the Nokia 3310.
The revamped Nokia 3310 was first launched last year, the company only made a 2G variant available initially. Several months later, the launched a 3G compatible variant that also supported U.S. networks.
It was rumored a few weeks ago that HMD Global might soon launch a 4G LTE compatible variant of the Nokia 3310 and that’s precisely what it has done now. It’s more or less the same device that came out last year but with 4G LTE support.
HMD Global has only launched the Nokia 3310 4G in China right now on China Mobile. While it looks the same as the first revamped Nokia 3310, the company has replaced the previous Java-based operating system in favor of YunOS which is a forked version of Android developed by Alibaba.
The handset even has support for VoLTE HD calls and can double as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot as well. All of these features require power and thus the battery life is down to five hours of estimated talk time on LTE as opposed to 15 hours on 2G.
It’s unclear how much the Nokia 3310 4G costs in China and if the company has any plans of launching it in other markets across the globe.