Ring-ding-ding, banana phone: Nokia re-releases curved 8110 handset featured in The Matrix

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The Nokia 8110 was made famous as the "banana phone" in the 1999 movie, The Matrix.
The Nokia 8110 was made famous as the "banana phone" in the 1999 movie, The Matrix.ST PHOTO: LESTER HIO

BARCELONA, SPAIN - Finnish brand Nokia is showing once again that technology nostalgia can sell phones by releasing yet another old-school phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, a year after it started a trend for nostalgic re-releases of its phones of yesteryear.

It has a re-release of the Nokia 8110, a slide-out phone with a keypad and 2.4-inch display, which was made famous as the "banana phone" in the 1999 movie, The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves.

The original 8110, released in 1996, was known for its curved shape which let it contour to a user's face when making a call.

The updated 8110, which comes in two bright yellow or black colour, is fully compatible with modern-day 4G networks. It even has access to an app store where users can download apps such as Gmail and Twitter.

It also sports a 2-megapixel rear camera and promises battery life of up to 25 days on standby.

And, of course, the phone lets users play the iconic Snake game.

HMD Global, the Finnish manufacturer producing Nokia phones today, said the phone is expected to launch worldwide in May, with a global average retail price of 79 euros.


The re-released Nokia 8110 sports a 2-megapixel rear camera. ST PHOTO: LESTER HIO

Singapore pricing and exact date of availability will be announced later.

Nokia started a trend of releasing modern versions of its popular phones of the past when it re-released the iconic Nokia 3310 at 2017's MWC, which was released in Singapore in October 2017 for $99.