The Nokia 8110, also known as the 'banana phone' (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)
  • The Nokia 8110 will be released in South Africa later this year – and Nokia aims to sell it for less than R1,000. 
  • The Nokia 8110, also known as the 'Banana Phone',became iconic after it featured in the  1999 film "The Matrix".
  • It follows in the footsteps of the Nokia 3310, another icon Nokia brought back the past year. 

The infamous Nokia "Banana phone" is heading to South Africa “very soon”, HMD Global Southern Africa head Shaun Durandt said on Friday.

HMD manufactures phones under the Nokia brand.

The revival of the long-discontinued Nokia 8110 feature phone was first announced at the Barcelona's Mobile World Congress in February. 

Durandt, speaking at the launch of the three new Nokia phones on Friday, said feature phones (as opposed to the more computer-like smart phones) were hugely important to Nokia.

See also: Nokia – once the dominant phone brand in SA – plans a comeback with its new lineup starting from R4,000

“Last year Nokia shipped a whopping 70 million feature phones, a massive feat for a brand relaunched less than a year ago,” Durandt said. 

“When the world thought feature phones were dead, Nokia revolutionised.” 

HMD Southern Africa head Shaun Durandt speaking at the Nokia launch at Shimmy Beach Club in Cape Town (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)

The Nokia 8110, also known as a "slider phone”  became famous because of its appearance in the 1999 film "The Matrix”.

The Nokia 8110 runs on Smart Feature OS, so there is no access to the Android app universe.

HMD is, however, creating an app store for the device, which will include Facebook.

The phone includes a 2MP camera, a 2.4’’ curved display, 512 MB Ram, and 4 GB storage.

Nokia promises seven hours of talk time, 45 hours of music playback, and a whopping 25 day standby time.

“We cannot release a price point for the phone yet, but we are aiming for a sub R1000 price point,” Durandt said.