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Nokia launches trio of phones focused on repairability, durability, and imaging
- The G22 is Nokia’s first smartphone designed around repairability.
- Nokia claims its C32 phone has the highest image quality ever seen on its C-series devices.
- The Nokia C22 offers more durability than the previous generation.
The maker of Nokia phones — HMD Global — had a few announcements to share at MWC 2023 today. It revealed three new budget phones: two in its C-series line and one in its G-series line.
The new handsets are the Nokia C22, C32, and G22. Each phone appears to have a defining characteristic; the G22 is centered around repairability, the C32 focuses on image quality, and the C22 is all about durability. Here’s a quick breakdown of each device.
Starting with the Nokia G22, HMD says the phone was designed with repairability at its core. To achieve this mission, Nokia joined forces with the global repair community iFixit. This partnership allows users to access repair guides and affordable repair parts to fix damaged screens, bad batteries, and bent charging ports.
At-home Fit Kits will be available for £5 from iFixit.com. Replacement parts will also be available from iFixit, including batteries, displays, and charging ports for £22.99, £44.99, and £18.99, respectively.
In addition, HMD says this model comes with two years of major OS updates, three years of security updates, and a three-year warranty. The base model comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the more expensive variant offers 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. You’ll also get to choose between Meteor Grey and Lagoon Blue colors.
Other notable features include a Unisoc T606 processor, a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD screen, a 50MP+2MP+2MP triple rear camera system, an IP52 rating, a 5,050mAh battery with 20W wired charging speeds, and a side fingerprint scanner.
Next up is the C32, which supposedly has the highest image quality ever on a Nokia C-series phone. This device contains a 50MP camera that HMD says is boosted by advanced imaging algorithms. A 2MP macro sensor joins this camera.
The company also boasts that the C32 has the “most personalized software to date for a modern smartphone experience.”
Unlike the G22, this phone gets three colorways, namely Charcoal, Autumn Green, and Beach Pink. It will also be available in two configurations: 2GB/64GB or 3GB/64GB.
The C32 also brings an unnamed 1.6GHz octa-core processor, a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD panel, a 5,000mAh battery with 10W wired speeds, an IP52 rating, and a side fingerprint scanner.
The final phone from the announcement is the Nokia C22. This device takes the durability category, with HMD claiming it outperforms the competition in free fall tests. The C22 has an IP52 rating — you can check out our article to learn more about IP ratings. In addition to its 2.5D display glass, metal chassis, and polycarbonate unibody design, the phone houses a 13MP main camera and 2MP macro lens.
The Nokia C22 shares a few features with the G32, such as the chipset, screen, battery, charging speed, and IP52 rating. However, the side fingerprint scanner makes way for a rear sensor.
Nokia’s C22 comes with Android 13 (Go edition) and is available in Midnight Black or Sand. Similar to the C32, you have a choice between 2GB/64 GB or 3GB/64 GB of memory and storage.
Price and availability
If you’re looking to pick up one of these handsets for yourself, the G22 is expected to be available in the UK on March 8 for £149.99 (~$179). You’ll be able to get it from Nokia.com/phones, but it will also be available from HMD’s subscription service for £9 per month with a one-time £30 set-up fee. The C32 and C22 will be available on Nokia’s website as well for £129.99 (~$155) and £109.99 (~$131), respectively. However, these phones won’t launch until spring.