Do you remember the original Nokia 6310? Back in 2001, it was one of the best phones out there for its long-lasting battery, its easy-to-understand operating system, and its incredibly durable nature with the ability to survive massive falls.
To mark the 6310’s 20th anniversary, Nokia is releasing an updated model of the iconic device with a number of upgraded features and of course the game Snake inbuilt (SNAKE!). It’s no smartphone – but no smartphone is as durable as the classic ‘brick’ handset.
Nokia 6310 in 2021: Return of the brick phone
The Nokia 6310 will be released later this year as a ‘feature phone’. Although it now comes with a rear camera, a color display and access to news and radio services, it is not a smartphone: but it is part of the appeal, both given the price and the fact that some people just do not want smartphone features.
Unfortunately, it seems that the 6310 is only compatible with GSM 900/1800 frequencies or 2G – and Australia’s 2G network is now switched off. This means that you will not be able to use the device for calls or texts in Oz, but if a new brick phone appeals to you in 2021, this is what you can expect from the Nokia 6310.
Unlike the new Motorola Razr, which was released last year with a foldable touch screen, the 6310 is not a phone that necessarily runs on the heartfelt nostalgia for last year. The 2021 version of the Nokia 6310 offers several upgrades and fits well with Nokia’s range of modern phone features.
The Nokia 6310 comes with a similar hard shell to the original 2001 model and has a curved 2.8 ″ display and an updated design. The larger screen is definitely a noticeable change, as is the new directional button. For comparison, the old phone and the new phone are shown below.
The camera on the back of the device is 0.3 megapixels and has a built-in flash that can also be used as a flashlight. The phone has dual-SIM capability (for a mini-SIM and a nano-SIM) with 16 MB of internal memory and 8 MB of RAM.
In terms of battery life, Nokia says that the new phone can last 21.7 days in standby mode with 19.45 hours of talk time. A headphone jack is included, as well as a microSD card slot, speakers and Bluetooth connection.
The Nokia 6310 comes with a micro-USB cable and a charger — it is a different cable and charging port than what is commonly used today, which is the USB-C cable. These are not compatible, so you will need your micro-USB cable when charging the 6310.
Is the new Nokia 6310 available in Australia?
The Nokia 6310 in 2021 is not currently available in Australia but is on sale in the UK for £ 59.99 and India for £ 4,499.00 (approximately $ 80 AUD). The phone is available in yellow, black and dark green colors.
We can see the Nokia 6310 arriving on our shores, though phone makers have previously known to skip Australia (e.g. Microsoft with Surface Duo and Google with Pixel 5a).
Prepaid and postpaid phone plans
If you are interested in picking up a prepaid or postpaid phone subscription in anticipation of your new phone, you can check the plans in the table below. If you have a smartphone, you may want to consider getting a phone subscription with a little more data. Using social media apps, Spotify and Netflix daily can burn through your data addition, so consider how much data you can use in a month. You can compare plans using our comparison tool.
Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with at least 10 GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then after data addition, largest to minimum. Use Canstar Blue’s phone subscription comparison tool to see a wide range of plans offered by mobile providers. This table contains products with links to referral partners.
Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with at least 10 GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data grant, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table contains products with links to referral partners.