HMD Global, the powerhouse brand behind Nokia devices, has announced and launched 3 new devices, the Nokia G22, Nokia C32 and Nokia C22, with the Nokia G22 is the first Nokia Smartphone to come with repairability at its core, including a global collaboration with iFixit.
All devices are bringing Nokia’s usual design flare alongside improved imaging and durability, especially with the C Series.
Speaking at the launch, Jean-Francois Baril, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of HMD Global has stated:
“We are very pleased to announce this first step in our journey to bring 5G device manufacturing to Europe. The Nokia brand has a proud history, and with this move we are continuing to strengthen our position for secure, durable, and sustainable devices.”
Whilst, Adam Ferguson, Head of Product Marketing, HMD Global has further stated:
“People value long lasting, quality devices and they shouldn’t have to compromise on price to get it. The new Nokia G22 is purposefully built with a repairable design so you can keep it even longer, and with advanced imaging on Nokia C32 and improved durability on Nokia C22, we are bringing even more value to the C-series.
Lastly, Brenden Folitarik, Country Manager, ANZ and Pacific islands, HMD Global has stated:
“As consumers increasingly demand more sustainable and longer-lasting devices, the ability to repair smartphones easily and affordably will become a key differentiator in the market. MobileMuster, the federal government accredited product stewardship program of the Australian telecommunication industry’s annual commissioned research states 39% of local customers claim to have their mobile phone repaired in 2022. More importantly, around 1 in 6 reported having tried to repair their phone themselves.”
So lets have a look at each device shall we
The Nokia G22 is the more premium mid range device out of the three, with the G22 coming with 6.5-inch IPS LCD display 720 x 1600 pixels (~270 ppi density), that is powered by an Octa-core (2×1.6 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55) Unisoc T606 chipset alongside Mali-G57 MP1 GPU.
In terms of RAM and storage, the Nokia G22 comes with 4GB RAM alongside 128GB onboard storage. It is unsure if this can be expanded via MicroSD card for expandable storage.
In terms of camera setup, the Nokia G22 comes with a triple rear camera setup made up of 50 MP (wide), 2 MP (macro) and 2 MP (depth) camera lens. The front facing is a 8MP camera lens.
The Nokia G22 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth version 5.0, fingerprint sensor (side mounted) and is powered by Android 12 and there is the usual Nokia 2 years guaranteed software and security updates, alongside an extended 3 year warranty.
Nokia has stated that the Nokia G22 comes in collaboration with iFixit, a global repair community, you can easily access repair guides and affordable parts to replace a damaged display, bent charging port or flat battery on Nokia G22. Furthermore, the G22 comes with OZO Playback that delivers enhanced bass and clearer sound alongside a 100% recycled plastic back
The Nokia G22 will come in Meteor Grey & Lagoon Blue with prices starting at $349 AUD. Furthermore, HMD Global have stated at-home Fix Kits and replacement parts for Nokia G22 are available from iFixit.com including display + Fix Kit at $89.99 AUD, battery + Fix Kit at $49.99 AUD, and charging port + Fix Kit at $42.99. Parts are also sold separately.
The Nokia C32 is between a budget and basic mid-range devices, with the C32 coming with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display (720 x 1600 @ 270 ppi) and is powered by an Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A55) Unisoc SC9863A chipset alongside IMG8322 GPU.
In terms of RAM and storage, the Nokia C32 comes with 4GB RAM alongside 64GB of onboard storage. Though it is unclear if this can be expanded storage wise via MicroSD card.
Regarding the cameras, the Nokia C32 comes with a double rear camera set up made up of 50 MP (wide) and 2 MP, (macro) whilst the front facing is an 8MP camera lens.
The Nokia C32 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth Version 5.2, fingerprint sc;anner (side mounted) and will run Android 13 right out of the box, with HMD global offering its usual 2 years guaranteed security and software updates.
The Nokia C32 will come in Charcoal, Autumn Green, and Beach Pink and will retail for approximately $249 AUD from mid May.
The Nokia C22 is the more budget friendly of the three devices, with the Nokia C22 coming with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display which offers a 720 x 1600 (~270 ppi density) and is powered by an Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A55) Unisoc SC9863A chipset alongside IMG8322 GPU.
In terms of RAM and storage, the Nokia C32 comes with 2GB RAM alongside 64GB of onboard storage. It is unsure if the storage can be expanded via MicroSD card.
In terms of cameras, the Nokia C22 comes with a double rear camera setup made up of 13 MP (wide) and a 2 MP (macro) lens, whilst the front facing camera is an 8MP lens.
The Nokia C22 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth version 5.2 and runs Android Android 13 (Go edition) right out of the box, with HMD global giving its usual 2 year guarantee for security and software updates.
The Nokia C22 will be available in either Midnight Black and Sand, with HMD Global stating the device will be available later this year here.
Lastly, during the press conference, HMD Global have stated it has begun plans to bring manufacturing of its devices to Europe, with the company stating in a move to further strengthen its security promises, with the first stage of this journey, the company is developing capabilities and processes to bring 5G Nokia device production to Europe in 2023. This is in accordance with HMD Global’s commitment to sustainability and conducting secure and transparent operations for the global marketplace.
It will be interesting to see how the move to make manufacturing of its devices in Europe will help define the company more but how these devices go from a consumer point of view. Do any of these devices possibly tempt you? Let us know in the comments below.
If this is what their big announcment @ MWC was then they should just quit now and save everyone the embarrassment of becoming 100% irrelevant again….