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Nokia brings back the banana phone

New version of the classic 8110 among new models unveiled by HMD Global

Nokia brings back the banana phone
Nokia's new 8110 is a feature phone in a slider form factor.

Nokia has resurrected its iconic 8110 ‘slider' phone among its launches for MWC 2018.

The company has brought out a new 8110 4G, which shares the same form factor as the 1996 original, which featured in the film the Matrix, but in a new bright yellow colour scheme in recognition of the handset's nickname of the ‘banana phone'.

The revamped 8110, which is released by the owner of the Nokia brand for handsets, HMD Global, is a feature phone which includes Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter.

HMD Global also announced four new additions to portfolio of Android smartphones - Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, new Nokia 6 and Nokia 1.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus and the new Nokia 6 all run Android Oreo in native form, with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes to consumer battery life, and with a limited number of pre-installed apps to give users maximum storage space.

The Sirocco features enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics and Nokia spatial audio. The phone is also encased in a stainless-steel frame, which the company says will mean the phone will not bend, even though it is 2mm thin at the edge. The Nokia 8 Sirocco combines a curved edge-to-edge OLED 2K 5.5-inch display with smaller bezels and moulded body curves to create an ultra-compact profile.

The Nokia 1 is intended to deliver smartphone essentials with Android Oreo (Go edition), a version of Android optimized for devices with 1GB RAM or less. The Nokia 1 has full access to the Google Play Store, and is compatible with Xpress-on covers, available in a range of vibrant colours.

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