“We have partnered with Safaricom in distribution, and we hope to sell out our Nokia 3310 brand in this market [Kenya],” HMD Global, East Africa General Manager Joseph Umunakwe said in a statement.
Mr Umunakwe said the revamped Nokia 3310 and three other android smartphones that it has launched locally – Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 – will significantly increase its market share in the region.
HMD Global, which unveiled the new model in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said the handset is aimed at individuals looking for a second ‘mulika mwizi’ phone to make calls and send SMS texts.
Unlike its precursor that was discontinued in 2005 with 126 million units produced, the revamped Nokia 3310 offers an Internet browser (only supports 2G connectivity standard) and a 2.4-inch colour screen – which is a little too small for the discerning websites browser.
Other interesting features of the new phone that is running series 30+ software include a microSD slot with up to 32 GB of storage, a 2-megapixel camera and popular Snake game.
According to HMD Global, Nokia 3310 weighs 79.6 grams and has a 1,200 mAh battery that can last 25 days on standby mode and a talk time of 22 hours.
After years of struggle, Nokia finally sold its handset to Microsoft in a Sh720 billion deal that was completed in 2014.
Microsoft was in May last year forced to sell the Nokia business to HMD Global for Sh35 billion after the first quarter saw a 46 per cent drop in phone revenue.
HMD Global led by ex-Nokia executives and funded by Chinese electronics giant Foxconn took over the Nokia phone business in December 2016.
Under the deal, HMD Global will manufacture and sell Nokia branded phones and tablets to consumers for the next 10 years.
The new Nokia phones are already on sale in Nigeria and South Africa.