The banana phone is back! There's a new Nokia 8110

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(CNN Money) -- A startup that licenses the Nokia phone brand has unveiled a new version of the 8110, a curved mobile phone that was first released in 1996 and featured in "The Matrix."

A startup that licenses the Nokia phone brand has unveiled a new version of the 8110, a curved mobile phone that was first released in 1996 and featured in "The Matrix." Courtesy: CNN Money

The phone, which is offered in banana yellow and black, will sell for €79 ($97). It comes loaded with a new version of the game Snake, Finnish startup HMD said in a statement.

"This is a return to the glory years of Nokia," said Ian Fogg, senior analyst at IHS Markit. "But it also includes all the new technology."

The 8110 comes with 4G, and a handful of apps including Google Maps, Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR). But it doesn't have a flashy operating system and users won't be able to download other popular apps.

Fogg said that basic -- or "feature" -- phones are appealing because they are reliable, and can run for a long time on a single charge. The 8110 goes 25 days in standby mode, for example.



 
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