Just ahead of Mobile World Congress, HMD Global has announced a trio of phones, including the first one it built specifically with repairability in mind. The company has teamed up with iFixit to offer official repair guides and parts to help people fix issues such as a busted display, kaput battery or wonky charging port on the G22.
The device has a plastic rear casing made entirely of recycled materials, and comes with the promise of two years of Android updates, three years of security patches and a three-year warranty. The G22 is very much an entry-level phone — it has a Unisoc T606 CPU and tops out at 128GB of internal storage (though that’s expandable via microSD). It has a 6.5-inch HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s a 50MP camera, 2MP depth camera and 2MP macro sensor. The device supports 20W fast charging, though it runs on Android 12 rather than the latest OS.
The G22 embodies the drive HMD has been making to become more environmentally friendly. With other manufacturers such as , and offering official repair guides and parts so consumers can resolve issues by themselves, it makes sense that smaller brands would do the same.
You’ll be able to pick up a G22 in gray or blue starting on March 8th. It starts at £150 ($179) or you can snag one through . To fix certain issues, you can snap up a Fit Kit (i.e., the tools) from iFixit for £5. A replacement battery will cost £23, a display £45 and a charging port £19.
HMD also announced the Nokia C32, an phone with “stellar imaging algorithms” and a 50MP main camera. The company says it offers the best image quality of any C-series device to date. The C32 has an octa-core, 1.6Ghz CPU, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. There’s a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a notch for the 8MP selfie camera. The £130 ($155) device will be available in charcoal, green and pink, and it will land in the UK this spring.
In addition, there’s the Nokia C22. Like the other new models, it has 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. The C22 has a dual 13MP camera and a rugged metal chassis, along with Android 13, a 6.5-inch display and an octa-core, 1.6Ghz CPU. Internal storage tops out at 64GB. Again, this is a budget-friendly phone — it starts at £110 ($131). It comes in black and sand colorways and it will be available in the spring.
On top of all that, HMD wants to bring manufacturing to Europe. “In the first stage of this journey, the company is developing capabilities and processes to bring 5G Nokia device production to Europe in 2023,” it said in a press release. The fact that the European Union is aiming to rather than relying on parts from Asia could make HMD’s plan more viable. Making phones in Europe primarily for a European market falls in with HMD’s environmentally friendly mission too.
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