HMD Global, a mobile phone manufacturer, unveiled three new Nokia phones just before the Mobile World Congress. One of the phones, the G22, was designed with repairability in mind. HMD Global has partnered with iFixit to provide official repair guides and parts for users who may need to fix common issues like a broken screen or faulty battery or problematic charging port.
The G22, a new Nokia phone, has a back cover made of recycled plastic material and is built with repairability in mind. It is an entry-level device with a Unisoc T606 processor and a maximum internal storage of 128GB (expandable via microSD). The phone features a 6.5-inch HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 50MP main camera accompanied by 2MP depth and macro sensors. It supports 20W fast charging and promises two years of Android updates, three years of security patches, and a three-year warranty. However, the device runs on Android 12 rather than the latest OS.
HMD Global’s G22 phone reflects the company’s recent efforts to become more eco-friendly. In keeping with the trend of larger brands like Apple, Google, and Samsung offering official repair guides and parts to enable users to resolve issues on their own, smaller brands like HMD are also following suit.
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The Nokia G22 will be available in gray or blue starting March 8th and will start at £150 ($179), or through HMD’s Circular subscription service. To fix specific problems, users can purchase a Fit Kit (i.e. tools) from iFixit for £5. Replacement parts such as a battery will cost £23, a display will cost £45, and a charging port will cost £19.
HMD Global has also introduced the Nokia C32, an Android 13 phone equipped with advanced imaging algorithms and a 50MP primary camera, offering superior image quality compared to previous devices in the C-series. The phone features an octa-core 1.6 GHz CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. It has a 6.5-inch HD+ display with an 8MP selfie camera placed in a notch. The device will come in charcoal, green, and pink, and will be available in the UK this spring at £130 ($155).
HMD Global has also introduced the Nokia C22, which features IP52 splash and dust protection, a microSD slot, and a battery that can last up to three days on a single charge, according to the company. The device has a dual 13MP camera, a sturdy metal frame, a 6.5-inch display, an octa-core 1.6 GHz CPU, and a maximum internal storage capacity of 64GB. Like the other new models, this is an affordable phone that starts at £110 ($131) and comes in black and sand colors.
It will be available in the spring. In addition, HMD Global aims to bring Nokia device production to Europe in 2023, beginning with 5G devices. This plan aligns with the company’s environmentally friendly mission, and with the European Union’s efforts to increase chip production in the region.