Just ahead of Mobile World Congress, HMD Global has announced three phones, the first of which is built with repairability in mind. The company has teamed up with iFixit to provide official repair guides and parts to help people fix issues like a broken display, kaput battery or wonky charging port on the G22.
The device has a plastic back cover made entirely from recycled materials, and comes with two years of Android updates, three years of security patches and a three-year warranty. The G22 is an entry-level phone – it tops out with a Unisoc T606 CPU and 128GB of internal storage (although that’s expandable via microSD). It features a 6.5-inch HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. There is a 50MP camera, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro sensor. The device supports 20W fast charging, though it runs on Android 12 rather than the latest OS.
The G22 embodies HMD’s move to become more eco-friendly. Like other manufacturers, and providing official repair guides and parts so consumers can fix problems themselves, it makes sense that smaller brands would do the same.
You can get the G22 in gray or blue from March 8. It starts at £150 ($179) or you can get one. To fix some issues, you can pick up a fit kit (ie tools) from iFixit for £5. A replacement battery costs £23, a display £45 and a charging port £19.
HMD also announced the Nokia C32, a phone with “stellar imaging algorithms” and a 50MP main camera. The company claims it offers the best picture quality of any C-series device to date. The C32 features an octa-core, 1.6Ghz CPU, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of inbuilt storage. It has a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a notch for an 8MP selfie camera. The £130 ($155) device will be available in charcoal, green and pink, and will land in the UK this spring.
Additionally, there is the Nokia C22. Like the other new models, it’s got IP52 splash and dust protection, a microSD slot and (HMD claims) a battery that can run for up to three days on a single charge. With Android 13, a 6.5-inch display and an octa-core, 1.6GHz CPU, the C22 features a dual 13MP camera and a rugged metal chassis. Internal storage is more than 64GB. Again, this is a budget-friendly phone – it starts at £110 ($131). It comes in black and sand colors and will be available in spring.
After all, HMD wants to bring manufacturing to Europe. “In the first phase of this journey, the company is building capabilities and processes to bring 5G Nokia device manufacturing to Europe in 2023,” it said in a press release. The fact that the EU is aiming rather than relying on parts from Asia will make HMD’s project more viable. HMD’s eco-friendly mission also includes making phones in Europe primarily for the European market.
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