Nokia resurrecting Neo's classic 8110 phone from The Matrix

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Feb 28, 2018, 11:39 AM EST (Updated)

Seems like everything old is new again! Way back in 1999, before smartphones were launched, most advanced cellular phones had a simple compact handset or primitive clamshell design that worked like a hinged mollusk burnished in basic black.

Nokia was once one of the international players in cell phone technology, before Motorola, Samsung, LG, and Apple devoured the marketplace with its wireless products.

In 1999 the Wachowskis' epic sci-fi saga The Matrix introduced audiences to a sleek new slideout model dubbed the Nokia 8110 as an example of minimalist future tech. Actually debuting in 1996, this distinctive phone was a revolution at the time. Now, after nearly 20 years, the Finnish electronics corporation is re-releasing an updated version of this iconic "Matrix" slider cell phone with modernized 4G capabilities, a slightly larger screen, and sans the stubby antenna.



HMD Global, the newly launched Finland firm now responsible for manufacturing Nokia phones, recognizes the geeky nostalgia factor in delivering this cool communications device. They introduced this nostalgic "Matrix" cell as part of their rebooted lineup at last Sunday's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The 2018 offering retains its odd curved shape and is available in jet black or banana yellow. It charges over a micro USB port and includes a headphone jack and a stripped-down 2MP camera phone that will seem archaic by today's demanding standards. Nokia's 8110 4G will be available this May in European markets for a price point of approximately 70 Euros.

“The Nokia 8110 comes with the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone, delivering durability and reliability as standard,” HMD say. “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.”

Will you be intrigued by the retro coolness of this antiquated feature phone and integrate it into your Neo cosplay this year or stick with your standard smartphone?

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