Nokia has a great nostalgic value for Indian customers. It has always remained an iconic brand for India which meant quality and reliability.
The parent company, HMD Global has in past brought back several Nokia classics ranging from the 3310 to the 8110 4G and more recently the 6300 4G. According to a new report, the controversial Nokia 3650 (2003, Q1) will be the next OG Nokia to get a refresh later this year.
Launched in 2003, the Nokia 3650 was one of the company’s phones that were both popular and notorious at the same time. It had an unconventional circular layout in place of the traditional tabular layout of T9 keys. It was definitely very unique but not everyone liked the changes it made.
Unlike with touch QWERTY keyboards on all-screen phones these days, T9 keypads were more dependent on muscle memory to type out sentences in record time.
Moving the keys around, literally, meant users had to relearn new patterns for typing. Not everyone was successful but those that were seemed to be drawing magic circles.
T9 is a predictive text input mode that allows you to key in any character using single keystrokes.
It would be interesting to see if HMD Global chose this to be its next revival project. Even if it does, however, it’s also not certain if it will keep the Nokia 3650’s iconic yet controversial feature anyway.
As for the specifications it used to have 104 MHz ARM 9 processor (yeah technology moves fast) with 4MB of memory with a screen size of 2.1 inches and 4096 colors.
So far, HMD Global’s Nokia feature phones have leaned more towards practical functionality and nostalgia.
There are, of course, a whole host of other Nokia phones that HMD Global could choose to bring to the present.
Some of them, particularly those with touch screens or gaming controls, may have even been ahead of their times.
However, it will be exciting to see HMD mix things up in the mobile market with some of Nokia’s one-hit wonders, including the polarizing ones like Nokia 3650.