Neo with the phone in The Matrix on the left, and the revamped 8110 on the rightWarner Bros / HMD Global

Nokia’s 'Matrix' phone is just the latest retro gadget to get reloaded

Here are five other vintage devices that got a reboot

Tomasz Frymorgen
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Stroll into your local phone store soon and you will be greeted by the following:

The iPhone X, with its impressive processing power, hundreds of gigabytes of storage and snazzy high-resolution video camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8, with its supersized touchscreen, powerful 6GB RAM memory and in-built iris scanner.

And the Nokia 8110. Yep, the one that looks like a banana.

It was first released in 1996 and featured in the original Matrix film, hence the nickname.

The handset is being re-released by HMD Global, a licensee of Nokia, who announced it at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The revamped 8110 will be curved like the original, and its snap cover will be used to take calls and unlock the phone. It will also have an epic 17 days of battery life.

Unlike the original, however, the new model's screen will be a 2.4-inch curved display screen, and it'll have 4G and a 2-megapixel camera. Remember Neo getting a quick selfie with Agent Smith? Nope, neither do we.

This Nokia re-release is the latest in a string of retro gadgets enjoying a new lease of life.

Last month, LA-based company Hyperkin confirmed plans to re-release the Nintendo Gameboy.


The original was launched in 1989. Those of us old enough to remember the last millennium will probably recall the hours of joy that kids could get from just an A button, a B button and a four-way D-pad.

The reboot is due to hit stores this summer and it will be compatible with original game cartridges, so scurry up into your parents’ attic and pray to the gods of gaming that you can still find Zelda, Super Mario or Kirby’s Dream Land.

On the stylish side of the retro revival is a Bluetooth-enabled, ceramic gramophone speaker.

Released in March 2017, this piece of kit was created by Italian furniture designer Paolo Cappello. It taps into current demand for a retro listening experience, with vinyl making a powerful come back over the last decade.

For the vintage kids among you, there’s also the Polaroid OneStep 2 camera.

Unveiled in 2017, the re-launch marks the 40th anniversary of the original, which was first released in 1977.

You just slide in a film, point, shoot and then, in words of Andre 3000, shake it like a polaroid picture.

Meanwhile, in November 2016, Nintendo brought back the NES Classic Edition, a resurrected version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1983.


The 2016 reboot contains a series of classic in-built games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy.

In the five months to April 2017, 2.3 million units of the product were sold, with the console rapidly selling out of its initial run. 

And finally, back in February 2016, the camera manufacturer Kodak announced the re-release of the Super 8 film camera.

SUper 8The Super 8 camera

The move was timed to mark the 50th anniversary of the Super 8, a camera that many filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg, grew up on.

For me, 8mm was the beginning of everything… When I think of 8mm, I think of the movies,” said Steven Spielberg in a statement supporting Kodak's initiative to revive interest in the format.

So the next time your dad moans that they don’t make them like they used to, you can whip out your 8110/Gameboy/Luciano/Polaroid/NES/Super 8. 

Tell him to get with the times.