Musicophiles (those who tested & used early 2000s devices) certainly remember the sleek compact profile Nokia 5310 phone. The XpressMusic branded feature phone with its color contrast music control keys, equalizer (to adjust bass, treble) did manage to capture youths’ attention back then. Well! Nokia’s parent company has now brought a new avatar of the classic Nokia 5310 XpressMusic phone.
Many of you old-school Nokia fans might be happy about the revival of the classic Nokia Original, but hold the excitement for a moment. HMD doubtlessly claims it to be the ‘return of a classic,’ however, the new Nokia 5310 looks nothing like the original version. The sleek slimline profile is gone, the music control keys are replaced and the sad part the phone now appears to be more outdated than the refreshing design we saw back in 2007.
The phone now gets a beefy look with playback keys drilled on the right edge while the volume control keys are put on the left side. The Finnish company has no doubt made a noticeable upgrade in terms of hardware, but on the design-end, it has crushed the nostalgic factor.
Moreover, the original XpressMusic branded phone focused more on audio playback, whether the revived version delivers the same performance that remains a question. Another downgrade is the internal memory on the new phone. As compared to the original model that had 30 MB user free internal storage, the revived version now gets only 8 MB. To add to the cons list, the phone is 2G only which means you might not be able to use WhatsApp.
Putting the sleigh ride at rest, here are a few goodies about the new Nokia 5310 feature phone. The phone features dual front-facing speakers which are claimed to be as loud as Nokia 105 phones. The phone retains the 5-way navigation keys (something old, something gold). The Nokia 5310 pegs a bigger battery of 1200mAh which is rated to deliver up to 20.7 hours talk time on a single charge.
In case you are planning to get the Nokia 5310 (without the charming sleek look) here are the spec details-
Nokia 5310 Specifications:
- Display– 2.4-inch (320 x 240 pixels) QVGA display
- Processor– MediaTek MT6260A SoC
- RAM– 8MB RAM
- External storage– 16MB internal storage (expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD)
- Operating system– Nokia Series 30+ OS
- Camera– VGA rear camera with LED flash
- Connectivity– 2G (900/1800), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.9, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- Battery– 1200mAh removable battery
Nokia 5310 Price and Availability
|Model||RAM / Storage||Price||Availability|
|Nokia 5310||8 MB / 16 MB||€39||March|
The Nokia 5310 will available in two color options- White/Red and Black/Red variant.