Alongside contemporary smartphones like the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 that are meant to penetrate the budget smartphone market, HMD Global has also tried to play the nostalgia game by reviving the 3310 brand and went on to launch the 2017 Nokia 3310 earlier this year. As a feature phone, the 3310 has certain limitations, for instance, no Wi-Fi and it also only supports 2G networks.
Now though, the Finnish company is already on its way to introduce an upgraded version of the feature-phone. For now, it seems, the said upgrade comes in the form of 3G compatibility. This is validated by the fact that a Nokia handset, modeled TA-1036, recently got the FCC certification. This means that the handset will be launched in the near future and will be available in US as well (besides other markets).
Whenever a handset makes an appearance on Geekbench or gets an FCC certification, it is always addressed with its alphanumeric name instead of the ‘market name’. So, how do we know that it is indeed the Nokia 3310 in this case?
Well, the current 3310 goes by the model name of TA-1030 while the one that got the certification is called the TA-1036. Also, the dimensions in the document match those of the 3310. Suffice it to say that HMD Global has planned a strategic upgrade of the device within the few months of its launch.
It is believed that the 3G enabled Nokia 3310 could be launched along with Nokia 8 on August 16. Of course, we are yet to see an official announcement on the same.
Keep watching this space for more updates on this.
News source: NokiaPowerUser