Nokia is playing on our nostalgia for the early days of cell phones with a revamped Nokia 8110 Reloaded—the slick slider made popular in The Matrix in 1999. The original “banana phone” was released in 1996 and was the first phone to introduce the sliding segment that protected the keypad. While Nokia is no longer the juggernaut it once was, under the guidance of Finnish startup HMD the company has re-engineered its most iconic products to recapture users’ attention for their latest Android models.
Available in May (almost a year after HMD released a new version of the Nokia 3310 “pebble phone”), the new 8110 is slightly curved with a T9 keyboard protected by a slide cover. The new model will have a 2.4-inch color screen, 2.0-megapixel camera, and a modern operating system. It’s not a smartphone—so you can’t download the latest apps—but you can use Facebook, Twitter, and a WiFi Hotspot. HMD won’t say what other services are available just yet, but observers speculate that Instagram, WhatsApp, and navigation might make an appearance.
While it won’t steal any customers from Apple, Samsung, or Google desperate for more data, it’s a solid retro phone with impressive battery life and iconic styling. The 8110 Reloaded comes in banana yellow Matrix black and goes on sale for just $97. That’s hipster money, right there.