The original Nokia 8110 slider “banana” phone was released in 1996 (not quite prehistoric times but almost), but it wasn’t until three years later that it hit the “big time” when Keanu Reeves used it in The Matrix (please tell us you’ve seen this classic film). Fast forward to today, a whole 22 years later, and the Nokia 8110 is being relaunched.
The Nokia 8110 was groundbreaking in its day as one of the first to feature an ergonomic shape, with a slider that shot down and curved towards your mouth. But it will always be remembered for that moment in the movie when Reeves shoots down the slider, picking up the phone to Morpheus before dropping it from the ledge of a tall skyscraper after he has stepped out of the window of his office.
The new Nokia 8110 is still just a feature phone, but it does have a few things that you may not expect from a phone with a real numeric keyboard and polycarbonate slider. For one, it’s got 4G. Facebook will also be available through an app store at some point and there will be some form of access to Google’s Assistant, Maps and Search, as well as e-mail, texts, Twitter and (most importantly) Snake.
The Nokia is being marketed as a great weekend phone to allow people to “switch off, have fun and relax in the knowledge that all of your smartphone essentials are there when you need them”.
What do you reckon? Could this be a good way to have a semi-digital detox? It may be a while before it’s released here, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide if you want the black or banana-yellow version, and PLENTY of time to watch that classic scene from The Matrix over and over again.
Important: If you have not watched The Matrix and have never played Snake, you have NOT LIVED. Do both. Like yesterday already.