A year after it was officially announced at MWC 2018, HMD’s nostalgic Nokia 8110 4G banana feature phone is finally getting WhatsApp support. The Nokia 8110 4G, to recall, is a smart feature phone that’s capable of running WhatsApp out-of-the-box but the support was just not there – until Tuesday. “Indian fans will be amongst the first to enjoy WhatsApp on the Nokia 8110. The app can be downloaded from the Store,” HMD said in a statement.
The Nokia 8110 4G is a 4G LTE and VoLTE-ready feature phone that allows users to download and install apps like Facebook and WhatsApp on it – from a dedicated KaiOS app store (KaiOS is basically the software inside the Nokia 8110 which is a custom fork of Firefox OS, also seen in the JioPhone). The Nokia 8110 could do Facebook from the get-go but bringing WhatsApp support was seemingly more difficult – which is why it took so long to arrive.
“We’re so happy that our fans in India will get WhatsApp on Nokia 8110 first anywhere in the world. The Nokia 8110 is a phone for ‘the originals’ and I hope along with adding to the style quotient, this new addition of WhatsApp to the already existing bouquet of apps on Nokia 8110 will make it the ideal choice for our fans,” Ajey Mehta, who is vice president and country head – India, HMD Global said while confirming WhatsApp availability on the Nokia 8110 4G.
The Nokia 8110 4G is a 2018-19 update of the original slider Nokia 8110 (that prominently featured in the Matrix movies) with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 SoC with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, a 2-megapixel camera on the rear with flash, and a 1,500mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 9.32 hours of talk-time on single charge (on LTE).
Connectivity options on the new Nokia 8110 include, single-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS - not only does the Nokia 8110 support Wi-Fi, it can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot as well.
The Nokia 8110 4G is available for buying in India for Rs 4,999 and comes in Traditional Black and Banana Yellow colour options.