Nokia 8110 was the first of Nokia's high-end, 8000 series of phones released in 1996. Its distinctive styling was the first example of a 'slider' form factor. A sliding cover protected the keypad when being carried in the pocket and extended downwards in use, bringing the microphone closer to the mouth. The action of opening the cover also answered an incoming call. The prominent curvature of the case, particularly when open, earned it the nickname banana phone. Initially priced at a little bit less than €1000, it was designed for the business market and was one of the smallest and lightest phones on the market, but still had better battery life than its predecessor Nokia 2110.