Talk about a blast from the past! Nokia is releasing a new version of its 6310 ‘brick phone’ for its 20th anniversary – and yes, it still has Snake!

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  • The Nokia 6310 was first released in 2001 with a battery that would last for weeks
  • It had a durable frame that could survive the knocks and bumps of everyday life
  • The new version is built in the same way, with longer battery life and even the Snake
  • It’s available for sale from the Nokia website for £59.99 and includes a 2.8-inch screen

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Nokia is re-releasing one of its classic mobile phones, the 6310 ‘Brick’, completing 20 years since it was first released in the UK.

HMD Global, the maker of the Nokia phone, said the device will feature the classic 6310’s original and iconic silhouette, with its trademark long battery life.

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The phone will come with a copy of the classic 90s mobile game Snake, and a strong form factor that earned it the nickname ‘The Brick’ when it first came out in 2001.

There will be ‘subtle changes’ to mark 20 years of technological development, including larger buttons for ease of reading and a zoomed in menu.

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It comes with a larger 2.8-inch 320×240-pixel screen, compared to the 1.8-inch 120×160-pixel screen found on the original screen, which is available for sale for £59.99.

Nokia is re-releasing one of its classic mobile phones, the 6310 ‘Brick’, completing 20 years since it was first released in the UK.

HMD Global, the maker of Nokia phones, said that the new device (pictured right) will feature the original and iconic silhouette of the Classic 6310 (pictured left) with its trademark longer battery life.

HMD Global, the maker of Nokia phones, said that the new device (pictured right) will feature the original and iconic silhouette of the Classic 6310 (pictured left) with its trademark longer battery life.

Nokia 6310: Specifications and Features

The Nokia 6310 was first released in 2001 and has been re-released in 2021 to mark its 20th anniversary.

The new variant comes with a bigger screen, bigger buttons, but the same longer battery life and a sturdier body.

  • Name: Nokia 6310 (20th anniversary)
  • cost: £59.99
  • colour’s: yellow, black
  • camera: 0.3 megapixels
  • Memory: 16MB RAM, 8MB Internal
  • Screen: 2.8 inch curved
  • oysters: polycarbonate
  • battery standby: 21.7 days
  • battery talk time: 19.4 hours
  • Features: FM radio (wired / wireless), mp3 player
  • involve: Micro USB Charger
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Nokia says a new version of its iconic device, the teen darling when it was first released for its reliability, long battery life and sturdy looks, will also include a wireless FM radio.

Talking about the anniversary release, a Nokia spokesperson said, “The nostalgia of the new Nokia 6310 makes the new Nokia 6310 the perfect tonic.”

The new handset has been ‘refreshed and revamped’ to meet the modern needs.

It includes a larger screen and buttons, making it easier to read messages and connect with loved ones, Nokia says.

“With the Nokia 6310, it’s a whole lot of fun and games,” the firm said.

One thing that Nokia hasn’t changed is the battery, with the new device lasting for weeks between charges, just like the original.

In fact, it can take up to 21 days between charges when left on standby!

According to Nokia’s website, the phone charges using a microUSB cable and can last up to 19 hours on the battery when actively used in calls.

The Nokia 6310 was first launched in 2001, updated to the 6310i in 2002 and finally discontinued in 2005 with the release of the Nokia 6230 and others.

The original came with a 1.8-inch screen, while the new version would include a larger 2.8-inch screen.

New Nokia 6310 in yellow (front)

The new Nokia 6310 in yellow (rear)

Nokia says a new version of its iconic device, the teen darling when it was first released for its reliability, long battery life and sturdy looks, will also include a wireless FM radio

When the original version was released back in 2001, it could send email, text and picture messages, had basic Internet access and simple Java-based applications, including Snake.

It was about 3.9 ounces and could store 174 KB of data, with a battery that lasted up to 408 hours on standby, or seven hours of continuous talk time.

The new version is made from a tough polycarbonate shell that can ‘knock in everyday life’.

One thing they haven't changed is the battery, with the new device lasting weeks between charges, just like the original.  In fact it can go up to 21 days between charges when left on standby

One thing they haven’t changed is the battery, with the new device lasting weeks between charges, just like the original. In fact it can go up to 21 days between charges when left on standby

The phone will come with a copy of the classic 90s mobile game Snake, and a strong form factor that earned it the nickname 'The Brick' when it first came out in 2001.

The phone will come with a copy of the classic 90s mobile game Snake, and a strong form factor that earned it the nickname ‘The Brick’ when it first came out in 2001.

Comparison: Nokia 6310 2001 vs 2021

2001

2021

Screen

1.8 inches

2.8 inches

to support

17 days

21 days

Talk time

7 hours

19 hours

Memory

174 KB

8 MB

camera

No

0.8 MP

FM radio

No

cordless

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Adam Ferguson, head of product marketing at HMD Global, said the device runs on the same memory as the old one.

Mr Ferguson said, ‘They don’t make them like they used to.

‘We still bring that signature build quality to all of our devices.

“We recently launched the new Nokia XR20, a life-proof smartphone, which in my view is a modern day Nokia 3310 in a smartphone.

‘And now the Nokia 6310 is back and better than ever.’

It’s unclear whether Nokia is working on a new smartphone, the ‘6310 in smartphone’, or it’s a limited anniversary edition of an older classic.

However, Mr Ferguson said: ‘For all the feature phone lovers out there, this is the original and iconic model and while its 2.8 inch curved window screen may be new, it retains its familiar design and functionality.

‘As a pioneer in bringing mobile mainstream in 2001, it’s no surprise to see its impact in 20 years.

‘It is a legacy that the new Nokia 6310 will continue for the next 20 years.’

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