An updated version of the Nokia 3310, which will support 4G LTE and could be used for WhatsApp, will be launched later this year, it has been reported.
The iconic handset was re-launched last year originally with only 2G support, while a 3G version was rolled out in September.
Now a third version is set to be released which will allow users to benefit from fast mobile data speeds.
According to The Verge, the updated handset has already passed approval from regulators in China and could even be unveiled at CES 2018, which takes place Jan 9-12 in Las Vegas.
Failing that the Nokia 3310 4G LTE is likely to be launched at Mobile World Congress in February, which would mark the one year anniversary of the phone’s re-launch.
Design wise the new version looks identical to the one re-launched last year.
According to the report it will run the YunOS, the Android powered operating system developed by Alibaba.
There is no information yet on an official release date or where the new version will be available.
The original Nokia 3310 was a major hit in the early 2000s and is regarded as one of the most iconic handsets ever made.
In a statement last year, HMD Global, which no owns the rights to the Nokia name said:
“Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time.
“Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date.
“Talk all day, text, take pictures, listen to music, and get hooked once more on the original mobile gaming hit Snake, all on a single charge.
“With its unparalleled month-long standby time, the Nokia 3310 encompasses everything you knew and loved in a sleek modern polycarbonate casing.”
The Nokia 3310 3G was launched in Thailand last October and retails for 1,790 Baht.
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