As noted in the previous TENAA listing, the Nokia 3310 4G is powered by YunOS, indicating a wider array of app support. 4G VoLTE has also been confirmed (via Fone Arena).
There’s no word on pricing at time of writing or any hint of a wider release schedule. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled during HMD Global’s showcase at MWC 2018 for the latter, as the Finnish firm could be looking to the old school device to grab some attention a year on from the phone’s initial revival.
Original story (12/28/2017): Smartphones might be all the rage, but feature phones deserve some love too. Nokia made one of the best feature phones of all time with the Nokia 3310. HMD Global revived the device after it began producing Nokia phones and later came out with a 3G version. The first version could connect to a very limited number of bands, but the 3G version offered much better connectivity.
Now, HMD is back with another version of the Nokia 3310, and this time it’s packing 4G. Nokiamob spotted the device passing through TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body for telecommunication devices. Luckily for fans of the device, it looks the same as ever.
One of the only changes is the operating system. VTechgrapgy points out that the 3310 4G will run YunOS instead of Feature OS or s30+, which were the two operating systems powering the 2G and 3G versions, respectively. YunOS is able to run some apps that we see on Android, as it’s based on AOSP. That leaves us wondering if we’ll see some stripped down versions of apps like WhatsApp make its way onto the 3310 4G.
We know this isn’t going to be the most popular phone out there, but it might be a fun device to pick up for nostalgia’s sake and to use as a backup. Now that it can connect to 4G, there’s no danger of it being left in the dust as carriers will eventually shutter 3G networks in the future.
We’re still awaiting pricing details for the Nokia 3310. The 3G version of the phone launched at $60, so we’d expect this one to include a small increase. If it’s anything under $100, you’ll see me at the head of the line.