Nokia unveils its 1st user-repairable 5G smartphone

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Nokia G42 5G
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Nokia has unveiled its latest addition to the lineup, the Nokia G42 5G, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 480 SoC.

The first user-repairable smartphone of the company marks a significant milestone in Nokia’s ongoing collaboration with iFixit.

This mid-range device comes with notable features such as a high refresh rate screen and 5G capability, keeping up with the industry standard. The phone is currently available in purple and grey color options and is available in two storage configurations.

The G42 5G is a more premium-feeling upgrade of the company’s first user-repairable G22 phone. Nokia’s parent company, HMD Global claims that “the model is affordable, sustainable and durable.” The company has emphasized its commitment to providing easy repairs by partnering with iFixit

Nokia’s all-new mid-range smartphone is offered with a 6.56-inch HD+ display along with a refresh rate panel of 90 Hz. Under the hood, the smartphone gets a Snapdragon 480+ chipset, which comes paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The storage is expandable via a MicroSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 13, which is bloatware and ads-free, and is backed by a 5000mAh battery with fast-charging support of 20W.

Further, the company claims to offer spare parts and tools so that consumers can repair display batteries and so on.

“The Nokia G42 features a triple rear camera setup, comprising a 50MP primary sensor, along with 2MP depth and macro sensors. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera. Nokia has ensured durability by providing an IP52 rating for the device, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor offers added security,” as per the statement.

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