Nokia Brings the 8110 ‘Matrix’ Banana Phone Back


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Nokia’s original 8110 slider “banana” phone was released in 1996; three years after its release, it was able to hit the big time in the hand Keanu Reeves in a movie that is called The Matrix. 22 years after, and Nokia has reloaded the Nokia 8110.

The Nokia 8110 was considered to be groundbreaking in its day as one of the first handphones to feature an ergonomic shape, with the slider of the phone shooting down and out gently curving towards the mouth of the user. However, it will always be remembered for the moment when Reeves shoots down the phone slider picking up the handset to Morpheus before dropping the handset from the ledge of a tall skyscraper after he has stepped out his office window.

That is the kind of nostalgia that HMD Global, the company that is now operating the phone brand of Nokia, wishes to rekindle. It succeeded with the Nokia 3310 that was re-launched last year. Now it is time for a slightly more sophisticated reboot.

The all-new Nokia 8110 is still only a feature phone that is running a forked version of the dead Firefox OS that is created by KaiOS that is called as the “Smart Feature OS” of HMD. However, it has a few things that the users might not expect from a phone that has a polycarbonate slider and a real numeric keypad.

For one, the phone has a 4g technology. Facebook is said to also be available via an app store at some point, and there will be some kind of access to Google’s Maps, Assistant, and search, as well as texts, email, Twitter and even Snake, the popular game.

“The Nokia 8110 comes with the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone, delivering durability and reliability as standard,” stated HMD. “With a familiar and easy to use interface, it features intuitive tactile mechanics, with slide to answer and end calls, as well as an addictive helicopter style spin on its axis.”

The company suggests that the 8110 is a great “weekend phone” that offers users the “chance to switch off, have fun and relax in the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them.”

Whether as many people will also be attracted by the reboot of the coolest phone of 1999 as the 3310 of last year remains to be observed. However, the new Nokia 8110 is said to be available in black or “banana yellow” this coming May for €79 (£69).