The Nokia 8110 'Matrix Phone' Arrives in the UK Next Week, Pre-orders Open Now

By Tom Pritchard on at

The relaunched Nokia 3310 obviously did really weel, because Nokia took to MWC to announce that it would be relaunching another classic phone this year. The new 8110, also known as the 'Matrix Phone' and 'Banana Phone' was supposed to arrive in May, but for some reason it's taken a bit longer. If you desperately want a feature phone with a sliding keyboard cover, you'll be happy to know that it's now available to pe-order ready for a 15th August release.

The phone is available in black or yellow for £69, and can be pre-ordered from Carphone Warehouse. Nokia says it will also EE, O2, Vodafone, and other retailers, but I can't see anything on the networks' online shops. It's also not available in Nokia's own online shop, so if you have something against the Carphone Warehouse you'll have to do some Googling.

The phone itself is a 4G device with modern features like a Wi-Fi hotspot, Google Maps, Google Assistant, alongside basics including a 2MP camera, a 2.4" QVGA display, 4GB of storage, and a 25 day stand-by battery life. That only accounts to nine hours of talk time, though. It also has Snake and the classic a slide-to-answer feature, as seen in the original Matrix film. That's going to make it a lot more satisfying to hang up on someone.

So if you want to ditch the smartphone, or you want your schoolchild to have a phone they can't use to browse Facebook during lessons, this is worth taking a look at.