Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia sent nostalgic fans in a sadness spiral with the unveiling of a new Nokia logo – a minimalist symbol that looks nothing like the iconic logo we’ve known for the past few decades.
However, while the Nokia logo might look like Kia’s and simplifies things where it shouldn’t necessarily do so, the company did announce something entirely un-modern: a repairable phone with a swappable battery.
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No, it’s not like back in the day where you could carry an extra battery for your Nokia 3310 and swap it out in seconds, but the new Nokia G22 does have a repairability factor not found in modern smartphones.
If you look at the Nokia G22 internals, you can see just how many components aren’t soldered to the body, which means all of them can be replaced in a repair.
The Nokia G22 has a removable back and an internal design that lets you unscrew the back plate to quickly swap out the battery, screen or charging port in case they need repair.
HMD Global, the owner of the Nokia brand, announced that they will offer “quick fix” repair guides and parts for five years through iFixit and other professional repair outlets.
“People value long-lasting, quality devices and they shouldn’t have to compromise on price to get them. The new Nokia G22 is purposefully built with a repairable design so you can keep it even longer,” said Adam Ferguson, head of product marketing for HMD Global.
The Nokia G22 also gets sustainability points for its manufacturing – it’s made of recycled plastic – and for its software support, with HMD pledging to offer two majori Android version upgrades and three years of monthly security upgrades.
As for the specs, the Nokia G22 is a entry-level / midrange device with a 6.52-inch display, 4GB of RAM a 50MP+2MP+2MP camera on the back, a large 5050 mAh battery that could go up to 3 days on a charge, plus a fingerprint reader.
Now, if HMD Global could go back to also making gorgeous devices like the Nokia 7+ and the 5+, their last truly amazing phone with great specs, clean Android and beautiful copper and ceramic finishes*I personally could probably forgive that new logo thing. It’s certainly not the first time Nokia has an ugly logo.
*PS: Those phones were so good, I gave them to friends when I was forced to upgrade. They are still being used and loved to this day, who say the battery life is still over a day and the Android is still snappy.
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