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Retro cult meets digital detox – the Nokia 3210 is celebrating its 25th anniversary

The Nokia 3210 is 25 years old this year and is celebrating its big comeback as a new edition. The cult icon of the late 90s and early 2000s is experiencing its retro revival and is also hitting the nerve of the growing “digital detox” movement.

A generational phenomenon returns!

It was THE cult phone of the late 90s and early 2000s - the Nokia 3210. Exactly 25 years ago, in 1999, the Finnish company brought the iconic mobile phone onto the market, which quickly became a huge success. Hundreds of millions of people around the world were using the 3210 and its pre-installed game, Snake. The sturdy, bulky cell phone with its distinctive shape and interchangeable back cover designs shaped an entire generation. For many, it was their first mobile phone ever.

Now the cult icon is celebrating its big comeback! Human Mobile Devices (HMD), the current licensee for Nokia smartphones, is releasing a modern new edition of the 25 to celebrate its 3210th anniversary. However, with a special focus: The new “dumbphone” is intended to keep people away from their smartphone screens and enable them to take a break from the constant stress of the digital world.

Nokia 3210 colors

The new edition appears in these colors.

The retro trend and the growing “digital detox” movement are currently fueling the great demand for simple mobile or “dumbphones” without distracting apps and Internet access. HMD recognized this trend and took up the cult demand for the Nokia 3210. The new model is aimed specifically at nostalgic fans as well as customers who are looking for a break from smartphone overwhelm.

The modern 3210 deliberately retains the original retro design from 1999 and is available in three bold shades of Scuba Blue, Grunge Black and Y2K Gold - just like the original models back in the day. Instead of a crowded smartphone operating system, it comes very simply with just the basics: calls, SMS, a 2MP camera with flash/flashlight and - of course! - the cult game Snake to hunt for points for a new high score.

For the connection today, at least 4G connectivity is integrated for clear conversations. And with a large 1450 mAh battery for up to 9,5 hours of talk time, the cult cell phone doesn't have to worry about a battery leak during the next festival season. The retro new edition of the Nokia 3210 will only cost 79 euros - a tempting price for nostalgics and digital detox fans alike.

Technical data at a glance

Name Nokia icon
Retro design For a “nostalgic trip”
Operating system S30 +
Network GSM/GPRS 900/1800, WCDMA, LTE Cat1
Variants Dual SIM/Single SIM
CPU Unisoc T107
Storage 128MB ROM + 64MB RAM, Micro SD slot up to 32GB
Display 2.4 ”QVGA
Connectivity / Sensors Bluetooth® (5.0), USB Type-C, and 3.5mm AV jack
Battery 1450mAh
Audio FM Radio (Wired/Wireless)
Camera 2MP with flashlight as flash
Dimensions 122 * 52 * 13.14mm
SIM card type 4FF + 4FF
Battery Life Up to 9.8 hours of talk time under laboratory conditions
What's in the box Device, Nokia 5V 550mAh, quick guide, SD card, headset (optional)

Source: HMD

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