Nokia has introduced some old familiar names as new KaiOS devices. These versions of the 6300 and 8000 have 4G/LTE in 2020, although they look much the same as old-school button phones. There are also features such as FM radios, WhatsApp support and headphone jacks in evidence with these new devices.
Nokia has delivered on some interesting rumors by reviving its old 6300 and 8000 product names. These devices have now been launched as 4G/LTE devices, which is at the higher end for their KaiOS ecosystem. It now also supports often-essential apps that include Google Maps, Facebook and WhatsApp, thus helping ensure buyers will have an up-to-date smart device experience.
The 6300 4G has a design much like the original button device on which it is based. It is made of plastic, and features a 2.4-inch QVGA LCD display and a VGA rear camera. The 8000 4G, on the other hand, has a more premium glasstic rear panel that reflects light as some smartphones with that high-end backing might, even if it does also eschew a slider design.
It has a 2.8-inch display, a 2MP rear camera and can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both of these new Nokia feature phones also have 1500mAh batteries that charge via microUSB. They also feature 3.5mm jacks, Snapdragon 210 SoCs and microSD slots.
The Nokia 6300 4G comes in White, Light Charcoal and Cyan Green colorways, whereas the 8000 4G has Citrine Gold, Onyx Black, Topaz Blue and Opal White options. It is available in “select markets” for €79 (~US$93), whereas the 6300 4G has been priced at €49 (~$58) in the same regions.
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Deirdre O’Donnell, 2020-11-14 (Update: 2020-11-14)