Should Nokia actually revive the N-Series?

The name is iconic enough to warrant a lot of expectations.

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Highlights

    • Nostalgia factor will work wonders
    • Phones have to live up to the status
    • A new 3310 should be good

Nokia has been making quite the buzz these days. After launching the Nokia 6 in China, and the buzz going around about a spec’ed out P1, there’s a new development. In a recent set of reports from Vtechgraphy, it has been suggested that Nokia might have plans to revive two of the most iconic names in the history of telecommunications. However, subsequent reports from Nokiamob stated that these rumours are false as the N-Series branding was being used by an unnamed Chinese manufacturer to seek some attention.

But that got us thinking – it wouldn’t be a bad idea after all if Nokia did try to invoke nostalgia and play the brand loyalty card. Because the second product mentioned in that revival rumour was the 3310.

Why is it important?

Now, we do not know what Nokia has been up to in these past few months, but from what we gather, it does have a blockbuster of a phone ready for us, currently known as the P1. It’s said to be packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64 GB internal storage and a 22-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics. These are specifications that are very relevant on a new flagship device.

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But it’s nowhere close to the kind of excitement that users got with every new N-Series phone from Nokia. If you have ever owned a high-end Nokia phone, you would know that at that point you were probably holding in your hands the best of technology easily available to a consumer. The N-Series phone stood out, and were definitely objects that invoked the green eye monster in every one of your friends (that is, if they didn’t have an N-Series). The N93, for instance, was supposed to be the ultimate camera phone to have. The N8 was one beautiful and sturdy phone even with a touchscreen.

These were the phones with exciting features, innovative form factors and so much more. Each phone would have something new and interesting to offer – and not just an upgrade over a previous feature or the expansion of one particular specification. The point that we are trying to make is that Nokia has the opportunity to use the iconic name and come up with some really cool features that we haven’t seen in a while. We have been seeing the same sort of form factors and features for a very long time.

What’s in it for us?

Frankly, a revival of the N-Series with the same intent as of the yesteryears would mean introducing phones that break away from the saturation that this industry has acquired. For example, a 3310 revival would go a long way to bring Nokia right back in the game. If we were to create a hypothetical situation, we would like to see a new ruggedly built Nokia 3310 with a mid-range processor, budget-range cameras, software optimized for battery consumption, and if one’s being very keen on battery savings, then a 5000mAh battery coupled with an e-Ink display. Things would be basic, and yet functional and relevant in the modern world. Of course, pricing would have to be aggressive. Because that’s what the Nokia 3310 was best known for – simplicity, durability, reliability and affordability. The world needs a phone like that.

To be very honest, the industry hasn’t been doing anything out of the ordinary lately. Phones are meant to sell in volumes. Nokia’s N-Series was something that childhood dreams were made of. A crazy, wacky phone that would just look super cool and do so many things. A phone that one could just fawn over. Give us an N-Gage QD with some 8GB of RAM and physical gaming controls already.