Nokia's 'banana' phone can now use WhatsApp

Retro feature phone Nokia 8110 – better known as the 'banana' phone – finally supports messaging service, WhatsApp in Malaysia.

Retro hipsters will finally be easier to contact, now the the Nokia 8110, or more commonly known as the "banana phone", supports WhatsApp locally.

HMD Global, the manufacturer of phones under the Nokia brand, announced that the phone now supports the messaging app, which is available for download in its store.

Though the Nokia 8110 has been available locally since July 2018, it lacked the popular messaging platform which was first introduced to users in India this April.

In a press release, HMD Global country manager (Malaysia and Myanmar) Vijay Thangavelu said millions of people stay in touch with their loved ones through messaging apps like WhatsApp, thus why the company wanted to bring this to fans of the retro classic.

"Now, you can keep up to date on your family and friends' groups, share messages and never miss a moment, all with the style and cool-factor of a true Nokia classic," he said.

It runs on the Smart Feature OS powered by the KaiOS platform, which brings to feature phones such smartphone features as Google's suite of applications from Google Assistant to Maps and Search, plus apps like Facebook.

The 'banana' phone also has hardware features like WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth and 4G. Priced at RM299 (S$98.08), it has a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 2.4in curved display, and 512MB RAM with 4GB internal memory.