Nokia Unveils Budget Smartphone Designed To Be Repairable at Home
Nokia wants to save you the hassle of having to bring your smartphone to a repair shop in the event that it breaks or malfunctions, unveiling a new budget release that's designed to be repairable at home.
The smartphone maker launched the G22, a smartphone with easy-to-replace components, on Saturday, ahead of the opening of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 27 February.
"People value long-lasting, quality devices and they shouldn’t have to compromise on price to get them," said Adam Ferguson, Head of Product Marketing for HMD Global, the company that owns the Nokia brand. "The new Nokia G22 is purposefully built with a repairable design so you can keep it even longer."
The G22 features a removable back and an internal design that can allows for easy swapping of the battery, screen and charging port. Nokia, for instance, touts that you can swap out the battery in less than five minutes. You can get the parts you'll need for the repairs and the instructions via American repair specialist iFixit, which Nokia has a partnership with for the next five years.
The smartphone has a 6.53-inch 720p display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 5,050mAh battery with support for up to 20W fast-charging, an 8MP selfie camera, a triple rear camera system with a 50MP main sensor and a fingerprint scanner. It's also made with sustainability in mind, with some materials being sourced from recycled plastic.
The Nokia G22 is priced at £149.99 and will start shipping on 8 March. Replacement parts, meanwhile, are priced at £18.99 for a charging port, £22.99 for a battery and £44.99 for a screen.
HMD also announced that it plans to start shifting the manufacturing of select smartphone models from Taiwan to Europe as it looks to boost security and sustainability of its products. But the company has yet to share details on the move, such as which models will be affected. HMD has a partnership with Taiwan-based Foxconn for its Nokia manufacturing needs.
Nokia launched the G22, a smartphone that's designed to be repairable at home, featuring a removable back and easy-to-replace components.
The company touts that you can, for instance, swap the battery in less than five minutes.
The smartphone has a 6.53-inch 720p display, a 5,050mAh battery and a triple rear camera system.
It's priced at £149.99 and will start shipping on 8 March.