Nokia introduces the G22, a budget phone aimed at a certain kind of smartphone owner
The Nokia G22 is designed for those who like to make their own smartphone repairs
Prices for the replacement parts obtainable from iFixit start at £18.99 (approximately $23) for a new charging port to £44.99 (roughly $54) for a new display. The phone itself, the Nokia G22, will be released on March 8th in the U.K. priced at £149.99 (€179/$180). While the phone will be available in Europe, it will not be offered in the U.S. Ferguson notes that the cost to a G22 owner to repair his own device will be 30% less than the amount that would have to be shelled out to buy a brand new unit.
Nokia G22 and the tools available from iFixit for self-repairs
To replace the 5,050mAh battery that powers the device, special tools are required. Using a removable battery would have been easier but also would have forced Nokia to use a smaller capacity battery, offer slower charging speeds (which is 20W by the way), or build a thicker phone.
The Nokia G22 is one of three new budget-priced Nokia handsets announced by HMD
The Nokia G22 is equipped with a 6.52-inch display sporting a 720p HD+ resolution, and a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood is a Unisoc T606 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The triple camera setup on the back includes a 50MP primary, a 2MP macro camera for extreme close-ups, and a 2MP depth sensor. There is a teardrop notch that hosts the phone’s 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and video chats.
The Nokia G22’s internal parts
The handset carries a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and the device has an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance. That means the Nokia G22 provides limited dust protection. It also protects the handset from water sprays that are less than 15 degrees from vertical. In other words, to play it safe, keep the phone away from water.
The Nokia G22 in gray
Besides the Nokia G22, HMD also unveiled a couple of low-price C-series models including the Nokia C22 and the Nokia C32 priced at approximately $115 and $137 respectively. The former ships with Android 13 Go, which is the version of Android developed for low-powered phones. The Nokia C32 is equipped with Android 13. HMD says that both phones have 5000mAh batteries that can deliver power for up to three days between charges. These models also aren’t expected to be made available in the states.