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Nokia has just announced its new set of devices, but not really totally new. The Finnish company revives its old cellphone models, but this time with some state-of-the-art technology. The announcement was made during the Slush 2014 event in Helsinki this Tuesday, November 18, 2014, before noon.
With the hashtag #thinkingahead, Nokia has been posting on its official Twitter account a series of teasers about its new line of products since Saturday. Speculations reveal that Nokia might release a set up box for Android TV, just like Google’s Nexus player which was launched recently.
It can be remembered that Nokia is not allowed to use its brand for smartphones until 2016. This is after Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division last April. But because Nokia is known for cellphones, the company decided to stick with it.
So, on Tuesday morning, Sebastian Nytstorm, Nokia’s head of products business, opened the mysterious black box in front of a huge pack of reporters. Then, he revealed three of Nokia’s old cellphone models – the Nokia 3310, the Nokia 1100, and the Nokia 5110.
Nokia 3310, which was released in September 2000 as the successor of Nokia 3210, is one of the most popular Nokia cellphones and has sold more than 126 million units worldwide. On the other hand, the Nokia 1100 was launched in 2003 and is the world’s best selling cellphone, with 250 million units sold.
“These three models have been our pride in all our years in the cellphone industry, and we want the new generation of mobile phone users to feel that same excitement.” Nytstorm told the surprised crowd. But before anyone can ask a question, he explained their new features.
“This new Nokia 3310 has new great features that no other mobile phone company has ever thought of.” Nytstorm added, noting that the unit can be used as remote control for any brand of TV set. This includes controlling the volume, picture, and channels as well.
“For the new Nokia 1100, this unit can be used as remote control for cars and other types of vehicles.” Nytstorm explains further. To demonstrate its feature, he pointed the cellphone to a 2015 Toyota Corolla parked near the stage, and tapped its keypad.
To the astonishment of everyone, the car door opened and closed and engine started even without a driver inside. According to Nytstorm, the new Nokia 1100 can even control the lights, wiper, speed, and even brakes. “Now, you can use your cellphone even while you’re driving.” He said.
Just like its initial release, the new Nokia 3310 still has a calculator, stopwatch, more than 35 ringtones, and four games including the ever popular Snake II. For the new Nokia 1100, it will still have the built-in flashlight, the ability to play monophonic ringtones, and a 50-message capacity.
For the new Nokia 5110, its only new feature is that the antenna can now be bent so it won’t be damage once the user puts the phone inside his pocket. It still has an excellent battery life, a replaceable faceplate, and features the Snake game everyone has enjoyed.
All of these new Nokia devices will be out this January 1, 2015 but preorders are now available at Nokia’s official website. The new Nokia 3310 is priced at $129.99, while the new Nokia 1100 costs $159.99. The new Nokia 5510 is the cheapest among them all at $99.99.
As of posting, shipment is only available in US and Europe. Nokia is set to announce later for the shipment date to other parts of the world, including the Philippines.