Nokia 3210 (2024): Who Needs The Re-Imagined “Brick”?

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  • Techopedia explores HMD Global's 2024 Nokia 3210 revival, featuring modern upgrades for nostalgic users seeking a break from smartphones.
  • The 25th anniversary of the Nokia 3210 (1999) sees a new 'dumb phone' with a minimalist design aimed at reducing our smartphone dependency.
  • The device boasts a Unisoc T107 processor, S30+ OS, 2.4-inch color LCD, 2MP rear camera, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, 128MB storage, and 64MB RAM.
  • Despite its throwback charm, it includes modern features like Nokia Cloud Apps and Bluetooth connectivity and comes at reasonable $89, £74.99, or €79.99 price point.
  • It is not for iPhone or Samsung users — but it might be a breath of fresh air for those needing a digital detox.

The Nokia 3210 is back. Finnish mobile manufacturer HMD Global has decided to mark the device’s 25th anniversary by reimagining the original brick phone handset released in 1999 into a minimalist dumb phone, Nokia 3210 2024.

HMD Global has positioned the device as one that will help users reduce their reliance on smartphones, as many users look for ways to reduce their screen time and stop doomscrolling through social media apps.

HMD’s website says:

“Let’s throwback to Y2K, when conversations mattered more than likes and shares. A legendary phone returns with a long-lasting battery and a redesign for modern times. And of course, it’s got Snake. This is ‘newstalgia’ at its best – the return of the Nokia 3210.”

The reimagined devices feature a Uniscot T107 processor, S30+ operating system, 2.4-inch color LCD, rear-facing camera, 4G connection, and Bluetooth, as well as 128MB of storage and 64MB of RAM.

There is a cunning marketing strategy here — simplifying life and dropping that reliance on the ‘black mirror’ that too often dominates our lives.

Nokia 3210

Nokia 3210 Specs & Features

Nokia 3210 OG (1999) vs Nokia 3210 (2024)

Features Nokia 3210 (1999) Nokia 3210 (2024)
Display 1.5-inch backlit monochrome 2.4 inch color, QVGA resolution
Processor Texas Instruments MAD2PR1 Unisoc T107
Camera 2MP rear camera with LED Flash
Storage Space for 250 contacts(!) 128MB internal, supports micro-SD up to 32GB
RAM 64MB RAM
Connectivity GSM 900 / 1800 5.0 Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C USB connection
Battery 1250 mAh 1450mAh
Dimensions 124mm tall x 50.5mm wide 122mm tall x 52mm wide

Comparing the Nokia 3210 (1999) vs the Nokia 3210 (2024) is an interesting experience. Naturally you could enjoy music on your 1999 model  — if your genre happened to be monophonic ringtones.

Meanwhile, while some niche phones were playing with cameras on-board (Sharp’s J-SH04 and Kyocera’s VP-210 — those were the days), it would be another three years before Nokia squeezed a camera into the Nokia 7650 and sent us down the path of convergence — everything in one device.

What the Nokia 3210 did well was being an actual mobile phone, and one that most people could afford and enjoy (and did — more than 160 million units were sold worldwide).

Bringing Snake to the masses also helped people fall in love with their trusty device, and kickstarted us towards staring at your phone for hours at a time.

And if you got bored of Snake, you could play with the calculator.

Here’s What You Can Do With the Nokia 3210 2024

With the exception of a USB-C port, you really could be looking at a phone from 1999, but HMD has not forgotten the year we are in, and you are not cut off from the world.

Bluetooth 5.0 makes sure your earbuds are not lost to time, and the Nokia 3210 gives back what Apple took away — the trusty 3.5mm headphone jack.

Speaking of features the smartphone industry took from us, the removable battery is back, although if the 2024 Nokia is anything like its forefathers, battery life should be a non-issue (HMD claims a shade under 10 hours talk-time from a single charge).

Nokia Cloud Apps brings you news, weather, and YouTube shorts, so time alone with your phone is not entirely lost.

Where we think HMD could have stepped up is with a better camera than a 2MP with Flash LED — having a good camera in your pocket feels necessary, and perhaps the nostalgia dial could have been turned down a little. Even if viewing photos on the 3210’s QVGA screen itself would be underwhelming.

And yes, Snake, in glorious color, is back.

Nokia 3210 Price

You can purchase the Nokia 3210 directly via the HMD website. Prices start at $89, £74.99, or €79.99. The Nokia 3210’s official release date is May 15, 2024, starting first in Finland.

Nokia 3210 Colors

While the original 3210 started the short-lived craze of removable fascias, this time round you have three color options: Grunge Black, as a throwback to Nokia’s classic “gray,” Y2K Gold, and Scuba Blue.

Why Would I Buy a Nokia 3210 Mobile Phone in 2024?

There are two main reasons you might want to buy a Nokia phone in 2024 (with regard to the 3210): for plain old nostalgia or because you want to decrease your dependence on smartphones.

If you’re tired of being bombarded by notifications and noise on your smartphone, then the retro Nokia 3210 could provide a welcome alternative. It’s too easy to get sucked into a digital existence and forget to smell the roses.

The Nokia 3210 may also find a market with older generations who do not need to work their way around the shiny, expensive computers-in-your-pocket. Sometimes, you just want to be able to make a call and send a text.

The Bottom Line

HMD has taken something old and made it new again — and we think, with a snazzy marketing push, will find its market.

If you want a smartphone, you know already that this isn’t for you. But if you have come to the conclusion “my phone serves me, I do not serve my phone”, and really need a life where your hand isn’t constantly reaching for the screen to see what is going on in the world, the Nokia 3210 might just be that liferaft.

We do wish the Nokia 3210 had a more modern camera on-board — we will stand amazed if you are able to capture a moment in stunning 2MP resolution.

Outside of that — this might be a daily driver for anyone yearning for a simpler life.

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