Picture courtesy: iFixit
Nokia has revealed its latest budget-friendly Android smartphone, the Nokia G22, which can be easily repaired at home by swapping out components such as the battery, screen, and charging port in under five minutes.
The phone’s internal design allows for easy unscrewing and removal of components, while the removable back enables quick and easy access. In addition, HMD Global, Nokia’s phone manufacturer, has partnered with iFixit to offer “quick fix” repair guides and genuine parts for five years, along with affordable professional repair options.
The G22 is partially made of recycled plastic, has a 6.53-inch screen, a large-capacity battery, a 50-megapixel camera, and a fingerprint scanner, and runs on Android 12, with support for three years of monthly security updates and two major Android version upgrades.
“People value long-lasting, quality devices, and they shouldn’t have to compromise on price to get them. The new Nokia G22 is purposefully built with a repairable design so you can keep it even longer,” said Adam Ferguson, head of product marketing for HMD Global.
The company hopes to capitalize on the growing consumer demand for longer-lasting and more repairable devices. While following in the footsteps of companies such as Fairphone, Nokia’s offering is more affordable and has simpler repair processes than Apple’s recent DIY repair programs.
The Nokia G22 will be available for shipping on March 8, starting at £149.99, with replacement parts costing £18.99 for a charging port, £22.99 for a battery, and £44.99 for a screen.
In addition, HMD Global has announced that it will begin manufacturing 5G devices in Europe in 2023, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of locally sold devices and enhancing security.
“The Nokia brand has a proud history within the European market, and with this move, we are continuing to strengthen our position as the only major European smartphone provider,” said Jean-Francois Baril, co-founder, and chief executive of HMD Global.