The Return of The Nokia 8110 – ‘the Banana Phone’

It was arguably the most talked about device at MWC this year. With the buzzing of innovative smartphones announcements as expected in every MWC, crowds flocked to the revamped, iconic Nokia 8110, made famous by its appearance in The Matrix. It’s the best contender so far for becoming the poster child of the smart feature phone revolution.

In case you missed it: it’s powered by KaiOS, and it’s rolling out in countries across the globe in the coming months.

We thought this critical milestone is a good reason to ask two questions:

  1. Why should you be excited about this phone?
  2. Why are we at Kai excited about this phone?


Let’s start, of course, with you!

While we focus exclusively on feature phones here at Kai, we’ll be the first to admit that not all of them look sexy, especially compared to a high-end smartphone. That sucks! Like cars and clothing, our phones have become an expression of who we are.

When a smartphone is not an option for you, the Nokia ‘banana phone’ now gives you a way to sport a good-looking feature phone. In fact, we bet the new Nokia 8110 will get you more attention than any smartphone, no matter what crowd you find yourself in!

Even if you already own a smartphone, the new Nokia also makes for a great companion. Since it has longer battery life, is less expensive, and KaiOS supports all essential apps, it’s a great backup in situations where you 1) run out of battery, or 2) don’t want to risk losing your expensive primary device (camping, festivals, sports). This is where the Nokia 8110 has you covered, and carriers around the world are implementing support for SIM cards that keep both phones synced and available on the same number.

The new Nokia 8110 also fits well into the emerging trend of “digital well-being” (an important topic at Google’s recent I/O conference). As David Pierce reported in his Wall Street Journal article that featured KaiOS, many consumers in established markets are looking for a less distracting device than a smartphone. If that sounds like you, the Nokia 8110 is a great option.


So what about us here at Kai? Why are we excited about this phone

As a company, our near-term objective is to be the mobile OS for smart feature phones. Nokia was, of course, the undisputed king of feature phones back in the day, and is now staging an impressive comeback to reclaim that spot, with KaiOS playing a vital role in making that happen.

What’s more, for us to fulfill our mission, we need a flagship product that captures the imagination. The Nokia 8110 can shoulder this role. It looks great and turns heads. As David Pierce said in his Wall Street Journal article: this is a feature phone “even iPhone users will crave!”



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There are 20 Comments

  1. Eduardo

    I am looking forward to seeing KaiOS in action in the new Nokia 8110. I have seen posts in Twitter before about this, but I must emphasize the need for Whatsapp to run on your platform. I recently had to send my iPhone for repair and spent two weeks using an old Nokia from 2007. Needless to say it doesn’t run WhatsApp. I was out of touch with a lot of people and events during those two weeks. Please get a developer to create something, even if it is a simple version for messaging only.

    Thanks and all the best!

  2. Anand

    Hoping that WhatsApp would be introduced in Nokia-8810 soon.

    • Kai Helps

      Hi Anand! WhatsApp is currently not supported by Nokia 8110 4G, but we are aware of its popularity and we working hard on expanding the range of apps in the KaiStore. If you follow our blog, you will surely be the first one to know when WhatsApp is publicly announced for the Nokia 8110 4G. Thanks for being so engaged.

  3. Morgon

    Hello everybody!
    We would like to have a connection to Spotify please!
    Purchased a Nokia 8110 – very good.

    • Kai Helps

      Hello! Thank you for reaching out! Spotify is not supported in the current version of KaiOS, but we are aware of its importance and we are constantly working on expanding the range of apps and services we can offer you.

  4. does it support facebook messenger app?

    • Kai Helps

      Hello! Thank you for your interest! For now it is not supported. But we are aware of its importance and rest sure that you will have access to a variety of apps, including social media, instant messaging, navigation, streaming entertainment, and games in the near future.

  5. Does app works on nokia 8110?

    • Kai Helps

      Hi Ray! The app is not available in the KaiStore at the moment. Still, you can always follow our blog to be aware of the latest news and app announcements. Thanks for your interest!

    • Kai Helps

      Hello! For now music app is not supported for Nokia, but you canbe sure that you request has been sent to product team and they will consider it for the next version.

  6. Hello Everybody. I am a Nokia 8110 4G user since July 2018. You can read my comments and criticisms about it at my FB page (

  7. Rob

    Hi everyone!
    I have a Nokia 8110 and love it – already starting to feel a little like Keanu Reeves (luckily I do not need to take pills…)
    I love the limited functionality and “digital detox” certainly is of help. However, WhatsApp would be fantastic. When can we expect it to be supported? The info that it currently is not supported does not really help. When will it come?
    Thanks, Rob
    PS: Keep up the great work!

    • Kai Helps

      Hi Rob! We appreciate your honest feedback. WhatsApp is available on KaiOS in India and we’re working together with the WhatsApp team to bring it to other regions. Please kindly note that we don’t have a confirmed release date for other regions yet but we’re working to bring it to you as soon as possible.

  8. Sounds good to hear about Nokia 8110 – ‘the Banana Phone’. Sure it will be the best phone.

  9. When a smartphone is not an option for you, the Nokia ‘banana phone’ now gives you a way to sport a good-looking feature phone. In fact, we bet the new Nokia 8110 will get you more attention than any smartphone.

  10. The new Nokia 8110 4G is the latest nostalgia trip from HMD Global, but is it more than just a remake of that “banana phone” from the Matrix?

  11. Nathan Ray

    Is there an Internet cable connector available for the 8110? I’m thinking of moving away from my smart phone, but cell coverage in not very good where I live. Also, I do NOT use Wi-Fi, don’t need extra radiation. Thank you.

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