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    April 18, 2017

    Beyond the 3310: What other classic phones could make a comeback?

    Nokia 3310 BlackBerry Curve Samsung D500 Motorola RAZR classic phones

    Nokia recently re-introduced its classic 3310 to markets around the world, but what other classic phones could make a comeback? We explore!

    One of the most anticipated phone launches in 2017 wasn’t the intriguing Samsung Galaxy S8 or the solid LG G6 – instead, it was Nokia’s humble return to form with the modern 3310; arguably one of the first true occaision in which a veteran from the Hall of Classic Phones has returned to the international market.

    Among such aforementioned classic phones, there are of course other legendary handsets that we’d love to see a remake of; whether it be in whole or in part. The question is, then, beyond the 3310, what other classic handsets could return in a modern guise?

    Let’s dive in!

    motorola razr classic phones

    The Motorola RAZR, born anew

    Read: Motorola launches the Moto Z with Moto Mods in South Africa

    Here’s a phone that might well return to us at some point or another. Many of us have fond memories of fawning over the Motorola RAZR’s slim and edge-like form factor, and that feeling isn’t one we’ve readily experienced since the RAZR dissapeared off store shelves.

    Could the RAZR return? There is potential. In the pre-launch period before Motorola dropped its modular Moto Z flagship, the company released an advert teasing connotation with the RAZR and inviting consumers to “flip back to the Razr days of yesteryear and get ready for the future.”

    While the promise of a new RAZR never materialized, Motorola’s April Fool’s joke for 2017 revolved around a new modular accessory for the Moto Z – a flip-phone case in the style of the RAZR of old.

    While there’s little evidence to suggest the RAZR could return as we knew it, it’s clear Motorola is aware of the legendary status surrounding the device and is at least putting enough thought into marketing campaigns and April Fool’s stunts to convince us that they may at least consider launching a modern RAZR.

    samsung d500 classic phones

    The Samsung D500, back from the past

    Read: 5 new Samsung announcements that you need to know about

    Before the days of the Galaxy line, the Samsung D500 was arguably one of Samsung’s most popular handsets – arriving in a unique ‘slider’ form factor with a larger than usual colour display (at the time).

    In recent years, Samsung has opted to return to part of its roots in developing powerful, Android-based clamshell devices for Asian markets, though the company has seemingly declined to investigate producing a modern equivalent to the D500.

    While it is unlikely that we’ll ever see a device akin to the D500 again, the concept of a slider phone (or, at least, one that can increase its surface area by sliding or folding) might live on in Samsung’s Project Valley initiative, which is reportedly developing a foldable phone with a flexible display.

    If anything, we can rest assured that Samsung has at least co-opted some principles from its classic phones from yesteryear; the great camera, large display, and innovative form factor that made the D500 great are all present on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 in their own way.

    blackberry curve classic phones

    The BlackBerry Curve, soaring like the phoenix

    Read: Death of a dream: BlackBerry will cease making its own phones

    The metaphor of a phoenix is pertinent to BlackBerry, given that the company has faced woes and is now pinning its hopes on Alcatel-produced handsets such as its new DTEK range to survive.

    There was once a time that nearly everyone in South Africa had or had heard of the BlackBerry Curve; the device’s physical keyboard and availability alongside BBM (and the accompanying BIM internet service) made it a hit amongst local consumers.

    Could the BlackBerry Curve ever see a resurgence? There remains an unlikely possibility. BlackBerry has commented that it is focussed on producing Android devices for now, and while it hopes to produce another device with BlackBerry OS that unfortunately remains a remote possibility.

    The closest thing to a resurgent BlackBerry Curve could well be on the market in the form of the KEYone – BlackBerry’s new Android handset that arrives with a physical keyboard in the vein of the company’s classic phones of yore. Unfortunately, it remains unlikely that we’ll ever see the likes of the R60pm BlackBerry Internet Service on our shores again.

    Have your say!

    What are your thoughts? What classic phones would you like to see in a modern, updated form? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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