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The G42, a new Nokia phone from HMD, is intended for simple do-it-yourself repairs.
The screen, battery, back cover, and charging port are all easily accessible due to the body’s design, and the company has teamed up with iFixit to offer replacement parts.
Also, iFixit will market both independent replacement components and comprehensive repair equipment. This self-repair program will be available for five years, according to parent firm HMD.
A smartphone is, of course, more than just replaceable parts and repairable charging connections. There are certain important specifications to take into account. A 50MP primary camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 2MP macro camera are all featured on the Nokia G42.
A stunning 6.56-inch IPS LCD HD+ screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz is available. Additionally, some of these components are shielded by extra-durable Gorilla Glass.
The base model is priced at about $200 and comes in purple and gray. The company has not yet disclosed its plans for a launch in the USA.
Customers who purchase a Nokia G42 will have the option to change the following components without sending the phone in for service or visiting a repair facility:
- Charging port
- Back cover
The Nokia G42 is now HMD’s second phone that is made to be easily repaired by the user. Earlier this year, the company introduced the Nokia G22, a little less expensive model that also comes with the assurance of replacement parts and service manuals.
Customers can use their phones for extended periods of time, which is good for sustainability. The Nokia G42 will receive “up to 3 years of monthly security updates” and two significant Android releases from HMD, but only for a limited time.
The fact that it ships with Android 13 implies that it should receive updates to Android 14 and 15 in the upcoming years, but if you want anything more than that, you’ll probably need to rely on third-party custom ROMs.
Three rear cameras (50MP primary + 2MP depth and 2MP macro), an 8MP front-facing camera, a USB 2.0 Type-C connection with 20W fast charging compatibility, support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and 5G are among the additional features.
The phone has two microphones but only a mono speaker. It also contains a microSD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone port, unlike some more expensive smartphones.
The Nokia G42 is currently available from HMD for £199 in the UK, and it will likely cost between €229 and more throughout Europe. Sadly, it is unknown whether or when this model will be offered in North America.