The new Nokia G42 smartphone comes with repairable features and 5G connectivity.
HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded smartphones, on Wednesday unveiled a new smartphone that users can repair when parts break.
Customers can repair purple devices with parts provided by repair advocacy group iFixit. A version with 128GB of internal storage retails for £199 ($252).
The product is available in the UK from Wednesday. HMD Global didn’t provide details on US availability.
The launch furthers HMD Global’s foray into the repairable space to entice people to buy new phones.
The G42 5G is a more premium upgrade to the company’s serviceable G22 phone, which was unveiled earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.
The phone has a 50-megapixel main camera, a 6.56-inch screen, and three days of battery life. Users will get three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS upgrades.
The user must pay for each part that needs to be replaced. For the charging port, you’ll pay £24.95. The battery costs £29.95. As for the back cover, it costs £29.95.
Lawmakers in the European Parliament, for example, have called for legislation forcing manufacturers to give users a “right to repair”. This refers to a campaign by consumer rights activists to make it easier for consumers to fix their gadgets.
The European Commission’s Green New Deal aims to make the EU a circular economy by 2050, where almost all physical goods can be reused, repaired, reused or recycled to minimize waste.
In particular, repairing a phone is made more complicated by the fact that the battery and other parts are so tightly sealed with glue.
Apple, which has long been reluctant to change its repair policy, decided in November 2021 to launch a self-repair program that lets customers buy parts to repair their own devices.
In December, the iPhone maker expanded the program to eight European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom