Nokia 8110 4G hands-on: the banana phone is back!



Nostalgia has some great powers apparently, evident in HMD's recent announcement during its MWC 2018 press conference. After raising the Nokia 3310 back from the dead at last year's MWC, HMD followed up with yet another classic being reborn – the Nokia 8110 4G!

Made famous by a short cameo in the 1999 sci-fi blockbuster, The Matrix, where Keanu Reeves' character opens up a package to reveal the slider phone, it's the latest classic Nokia phone to be brought back to life. And surely enough, the new Nokia 8110 4G bears all the same distinguishable aspects of the original – like its slider form-factor, and yes, its banana-esque shape as well. It's constructed entirely out of plastic, which of course makes it extremely lightweight and easy to carry around. Of course, its unique shape and design will no doubt cause some eyebrows to raise if you happen to whip one out.

We'd be inclined to say that this won't be a daily driver for those who have grown accustomed to their smartphones, but hey, it surely can make a decent backup phone if you're going on a long vacation or trip, and don't want to be constantly bombarded by notifications and messages. That's because the strongest aspect about the Nokia 8110 4G is its battery life, which is rated for upwards of around 25 days of standby life on LTE with its 1,500 mAh battery.

The Nokia 8110 is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm 205 chipset running at 1.1 GHz, has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage that's shared between the OS and the user-installed apps. Up front, a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a resolution of 320×240 pixels makes the rounds, solidifying the 8110 4G's feature phone status. There's no front camera, but a 2MP snapper makes the rounds at the back.

We briefly navigated around the phone, which does take a short time getting acquainted to because navigating around is done by using its physical keypad. Still, you can do all the basics, such as making phone calls, sending text messages, and even surf the web if you dare on its tiny screen. And yes, you can even play a round of snake if you so happen to desire it. While there's no word about any plans on bringing this out to the US, its price of 89 euros might be enough to tempt people to import it for nostalgia.

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8110 4G
  • Display 2.5" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 205, Dual-core, 1100 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

The banana phone is back! It has been a long time, but the old version was awesome!

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it is useless but i want one

3. theot14430 unregistered

Is this a joke? What year is this?

5. andynaija

Posts: 1251; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Nope. it's 2018.

14. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Are you very rich? There are lots of peoples who doesent have money for a good phone or they didnt know to use touch phones . So , this is 2018 KID !

4. zennacko unregistered

No button/spring mechanism like in the movie? Not interested.

7. epic_ninja420

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Wrong phone. it was the 8801 in Crank(assuming thats the movie you are referring to.)

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Didn't you know? Because of the popularity the movie gave Nokia, Nokia made a new model with springs on the cover.

6. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

In my country India, Nokia may be able to sell it in huge numbers considering it comes with 4G feature.

8. BigVanVader

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

In the hands on video Phone Arena posted on YT for this phone the guy just plays the Snake game. Aren't the PA team allowed to show other features? Like the messages app or what not...

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It looks really cool back then, but this new one looks like cheap toy.. Cant they add more garnish to make it looks better (like metal body, chrome plating, embossed metallic logo, or something) And did they also prepare real banana for comparison? (or did your team bring it? lol..)

11. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

Unnecessary.

12. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Nice one Eric

13. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Phones features are very good ...!

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