HMD Global launches the Banana” phone Nokia 8110 in India


The “Banana Phone” or better known as the burner that Neo uses in the film “The Matrix”. Whatever you want to call it, Nokia relaunched it with much fanfare at Mobile World Congress this year. This latest dose of “Nostalgia” from HMD Global was available in markets around the world before finally now arriving in India.

The iconic curved design of the phone has a slide mechanism present in the protective shell for the keypad, that glides open and at its full crest, resembles the shape of a “Banana”, hence the name.

HMD Global’s refreshed version of the classic has a few changes. For starter’s, there is now a 2.4-inch curved QVGA display, the polycarbonate shell has also been refined compared to the original. There is a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash, which let’s face it, nobody’s going to buy the phone for. It’s now powered by a Qualcomm 205 mobile processor, which has been designed specifically to bring 4G LTE connectivity to low-cost handsets. It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It also has a 1500mAh battery.

It runs on KaiOS, which is a Linux based system designed specifically for low-cost phones, also used in the Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2. It also comes pre-loaded with “Snake”, Nokia’s iconic time sink that was super popular back in the day. The major market that HMD Global will be banking on is the lucrative entry-level segment, recently buoyed by the success of Reliance’s Jio Phones, which the 8110 will be competing against.

Even though it hasn’t seen availability in Indian markets officially, it had been available online for anywhere between Rs 5000 to 6000. HMD Global has now put a official price on its head and has set retail availability for Rs 5,999. The phone will be available offline starting 24th October.


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