You can replace the screen of this new phone yourself in 20 minutes!
The housing is made of recycled plastic and the phone is designed to be easily repaired at the desk. Nokia G22 it aims to be the brand’s most environmentally friendly phone. Sales will start on March 8 in the UK and most of Europe and some other markets. It will cost €179, which is about PLN 845.
Nokia cooperates with iFixit to create repair and sales manuals for tools and parts needed to replace the battery, charging port, and screen. Nokia promises to make repair parts available for the next five years. Nokia also emphasizes that a repair carried out according to the instructions and using official parts counts as an authorized repair, so it will not void the warranty.
Adam Ferguson, head of product at HMD (the Finnish company that owns the rights to the Nokia brand), last week in front of an audience of journalists disassembled the smartphone and replaced the battery in the G22 in less than five minutes. He stressed that in the previous generation model it would take an hour and a half. According to him, replacing the screen will take about 20 minutes.
Companies could easily make spare parts available, but it’s harder for them to make their products repairable in-house. This requires design concessions and sacrifice of profit from licensed repair.
The screen in question is a 6.52-inch LCD with a resolution of 720p and a refresh rate of 90Hz, which costs €54.99 to replace. The new battery is €29.95, the USB-C port assembly is €24.95 and the case is €29.95. The above prices include the cost of the tools, the parts themselves are €5 cheaper, so if we’ve already replaced the battery and the screen breaks, we don’t have to buy tools again.
Under the hood is the Unisoc T606 SoC with two A75 and six A55 cores, 4GB of RAM, and a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage. There is a 50MP main camera on the back flanked by a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor, while the teardrop notch on the front houses an 8MP selfie camera. There was also an audio jack. The battery has a capacity of 5,050 mAh, which Nokia claims will translate into three days of battery life, and it can be recharged using 20W fast charging. Unfortunately, the Nokia G22 has not yet been updated to Android 13 and is still running on version 12.
Nokia also announced a pair of regular repairable budget phones; C32, which is very similar to G22; and the C22, which is even more budget-friendly. Nokia also commented on its current plans to start manufacturing some of its devices in Europe: it has no assembly line up and running yet, but hopes to start producing 5G phones later this year.