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Nokia G22 Quick Fix build tested out on camera

The Nokia G22. (Source: Hugh Jeffreys via YouTube)
The Nokia G22. (Source: Hugh Jeffreys via YouTube)
The G22 is the first smartphone to launch with Nokia's new Quick Fix construction, rated to support easy teardowns and re-building with a range of “sustainable” replacement parts. They, are furthermore, officially available through iFixit. The well-known device-repair YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys has put its “eco design” claims to the test.

The G22 is an inaugural Quick Fix smartphone, and also Nokia's first device with iFixit branding on its packaging, as the vlogger Hugh Jeffreys discovered on unboxing it. This is because the Unisoc T606-powered device has official replacement parts stocked by the popular third-party repair group.

The G21 successor is touted as amenable to teardowns, although, as Jeffreys demonstrated, it has a back cover that is easier than the average to remove rather than actually removable. This is done by un-clipping a series of plastic clips found between the screen and the (unusually flexible) plastic mid-frame – taking care not to damage the fingerprint sensor's cable in the process.

Once open, the G22 seems similar to the average budget smartphone on the inside – with the exception of a battery equipped with a pull-tab. Unfortunately, Jeffreys found it no real help, due to the amount of glue underneath: it might take quite some prying (or some isopropyl alcohol) to replace this part of the smartphone in reality.

In addition, the G22 will not upgrade past Android 14, due to launching on Android 12; then again, Nokia has promised that it will get a new security patch every month for 3 years. Furthermore, the OEM has announced that it is just the first in a line of Quick Fix devices. Those interested in such a potentially long-lived smartphone can order one on Amazon from now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-04-30 (Update: 2023-04-30)