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Nokia jumps back into the feature-phone market with the new 110 4G

The new Nokia 110. (Source: Nokia)
The new Nokia 110. (Source: Nokia)
The Nokia 110 4G is this HMD Global brand's latest button-phone, released to the Indian market today (July 24, 2021). As the name suggests, it has 4G/LTE connectivity despite its basic feature-device nature. Besides that, it won't strain many pockets in more ways than 1 with a 1.8-inch QVGA display and 128MB of RAM.

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Some new brands are now trying to break into the feature-phone market in countries such as India. However, Nokia, a go-to name in this arena, has hit back in a (relatively) big way with the new 110 4G. It seems to exist in order to answer the question of how much button-phone ~US$38 can get in 2021.

The answer involves a step up to 4G/LTE connectivity, which also brings support for HD voice calls over LTE (VoLTE): a potentially critical feature for consumers who may feel the need to move on from 2G/3G services. It also supports FM radio in wired and wireless modes, the former of which is done through its 3.5mm jack.

On the other hand, you know you're in the feature-phone space when the OEM touts a torch as a marquee feature. It is a dedicated component found on the 110 4G's front edge. A 1.8-inch 120×160 display is found beneath it, driven by Nokia's in-house Series 30+ OS, running on a nondescript Unisoc T107 chipset.

The phone is powered by 128MB of RAM and has just 48MB of internal storage, although the new Nokia does at least support microSDs of up to 32GB. These features encourage Nokia to tout the 110 4G as a particularly worthwhile button-phone that is also "built to last".

Its comparatively generous 1,020mAh battery may help it last throughout the day, as well. The new phone even has a camera (albeit one of 0.8MP in resolution), which can be an advantage at this tier of the phone market. The Nokia 110 4G is now available on Amazon.in for INR 2,799 (~US$37.61) in its Aqua and Charcoal options, although a Yellow version is also shown in its official announcement.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-24 (Update: 2021-07-24)