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Nokia G22 smartphone review - The mid-range phone can be repaired by yourself

Green wave. The manufacturer wants to become even more sustainable with the Nokia G22: сomponents made of recycled plastic and good repairability should help. You can find out how the mid-range phone performs in everyday use and which suggestions for improvement we have in the test.
Nokia G22
Nokia G22 (G Series)
Processor
UNISOC T606 8 x 1.6 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.52 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (shared, up to 2TB) , 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 165 x 76.2 ( = 0.33 x 6.5 x 3 in)
Battery
5050 mAh Lithium-Ion, 20 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.512W/​kg Head, 1.583W/​kg Body, IP52-certified, fanless
Weight
195 g ( = 6.88 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
78.7 %
05/2023
Nokia G22
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
195 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.52"1600x720
78.5 %
03/2022
Nokia G21
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
190 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
79 %
03/2023
Motorola Moto G23
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
184.3 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
76.6 %
04/2023
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
192 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.71"1650x720

Case and features - Good repairability of the Nokia G22?

Our attempts to open the case leave traces.
Our attempts to open the case leave traces.

Nokia phones have not come with chargers for quite some time now, and the proceeds from charger sales are donated to environmental protection. You can plant trees with the purchase in Nokia's online store, and the devices were provided with a longer warranty or sold in a subscription so that you can use them for as long as possible.

Now the manufacturer takes the next step in terms of sustainability: the back of Nokia's G22 is completely made of recycled plastic, and repair kits are sold in cooperation with iFixit, which allows replacing defective components like screens or batteries.

Fortunately, the replacement parts do not cost the earth: 50 Euros for a new display and 25 Euros for a new battery. Nokia provided us with a toolset from iFixit, and we immediately tried to open the Nokia G22. To do so, you have to pry out the side frame in the SIM slot, which is successful but leaves traces on the casing even with the soft plastic pick. It is also very fiddly to take the case apart. Nokia will have to do more here to reduce the hurdles for self-repair in the future.

The casing itself is mostly made of plastic, looks solid, and feels good in the hand. Pressure on the front does come through to the screen, but overall the case can hardly be twisted and only slightly dented. Blue and dark gray colors are sold in Europe, and there is also a brown variant internationally.

At first glance, Nokia's G22 is not exceptionally well equipped with 64 GB of mass storage for a phone with the price of 200 Euros, but the memory type is fast UFS 2.2 flash. The microSD card reader occupies a SIM slot and proves to be similarly fast as in comparable smartphones in combination with our reference card Angelbird V60.

Nokia G22
Nokia G22
Nokia G22
Nokia G22

Size comparison

168.8 mm / 6.65 in 76.4 mm / 3.01 in 8.8 mm / 0.3465 in 192 g0.4233 lbs165 mm / 6.5 in 76.2 mm / 3 in 8.5 mm / 0.3346 in 195 g0.4299 lbs164.6 mm / 6.48 in 75.9 mm / 2.99 in 8.5 mm / 0.3346 in 190 g0.4189 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 in 74.7 mm / 2.94 in 8.2 mm / 0.3228 in 184.3 g0.4063 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.4 - 77, n=88, last 2 years)
28.9 MB/s +47%
Motorola Moto G23
  (Angelbird V60)
21.9 MB/s +12%
Nokia G21
  (Angelbird V60)
20.6 MB/s +5%
Nokia G22
  (Angelbird V60)
19.6 MB/s
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
  (Angelbird V60)
18.9 MB/s -4%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Nokia G22 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø37.6 (30.1-45.4)
Nokia G21 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø30.5 (12.9-38.6)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø38.6 (28.1-50.2)
Xiaomi Redmi 12C Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.5 (23-48)
Nokia G22 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.1 (39-81.8)
Nokia G21 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.5 (39.6-81.6)
Motorola Moto G23 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø73.1 (32.5-76.9)
Xiaomi Redmi 12C Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø70.3 (36.9-77.5)

Communication, software, and operation - Snappy touchscreen

As a WiFi-5 smartphone, Nokia's G22 is on par with the competition in terms of WLAN speed. Apart from a certain start-up time until the full speed is reached, the transfer rates are also quite stable.

Unfortunately, Nokia's G22 is only a 4G phone, but that is acceptable in this price range. For further trips abroad, you should carefully check whether the smartphone supports the necessary frequencies to be able to access the mobile Internet locally.

Nokia installs quite pure Android 12 and promises monthly security updates, but at the time of testing, the patches were from March 2023 and we have also seen that other devices from the manufacturer tend to have 2-3 monthly updates. The device is supposed to be updated for 3 years from market launch, and Android 13 and 14 should be available for the phone. Unfortunately, some third-party apps with advertisements are pre-installed, but they can be deleted quite easily.

The touchscreen responds quickly to our inputs and scrolling is quite smooth thanks to the 90 Hz frame rate. A fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device is found in the standby button on the right side. It is a bit easier to reach for righties than for lefties.

It recognizes stored fingerprints very reliably, but it takes a moment until the phone is actually unlocked. Face recognition can also be used, and even in a weaker light, the screen's brightness is usually sufficient for recognition. However, this method is not quite as secure against manipulation due to the pure software solution.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Motorola Moto G23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (339min - 379max) MBit/s +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
367 (345min - 385max) MBit/s +1%
Nokia G22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
362 (319min - 378max) MBit/s
Nokia G21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
339 (328min - 362max) MBit/s -6%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Motorola Moto G23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (322min - 350max) MBit/s +10%
Nokia G22
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
315 (226min - 328max) MBit/s
Nokia G21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
299 (224min - 315max) MBit/s -5%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
280 (174min - 304max) MBit/s -11%
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Nokia G22; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø315 (226-328)
Nokia G22; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø362 (319-378)

Cameras - Nokia G22 with 50 megapixels

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

Nokia's G22 has a 50-megapixel camera on the back, additionally supported by a very low-resolution macro camera and a lens for bokeh effects that cannot take pictures. The main camera takes decent pictures in daylight, but they cannot compete with high-end phones in terms of sharpness and detail.

Passable photos succeed in very low light and high contrasts, but they no longer show any drawing in very bright and very dark areas. Pictures taken at 1 lux illuminance only reveal very bright areas of the test chart. In studio light, the phone manages a decent, albeit somewhat washed-out image quality.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p and 30 fps. The autofocus is a bit slow here, but the exposure compensation works quickly and reliably. Overall, movie recordings look usable but do not meet higher demands.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels. Selfies look quite nice at first glance, but should not be enlarged too much, otherwise, you will notice a strong graininess and lack of detail in dark areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLowLight
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ColorChecker
17.7 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
13 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
14 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
13 ∆E
12 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G22: 15.1 ∆E min: 4.43 - max: 22.83 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.2 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
38.6 ∆E
35 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
59.9 ∆E
50.9 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
27 ∆E
60.7 ∆E
61.2 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
46.8 ∆E
33.6 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
40.5 ∆E
41 ∆E
82.7 ∆E
68.8 ∆E
50.5 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G22: 44.3 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 82.75 ∆E

Display - Bright IPS screen in the Nokia G22

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The 6.52-inch display of the Nokia G22 has a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels and is thus on par with the class. However, its brightness is clearly above the usual rates of the price range. We measured 641 cd/m², so the phone can also be used well outdoors on brighter days.

The bright screen and the acceptable black value also result in a good contrast ratio, which leads to a stronger color representation on the screen. The colors are only slightly less accurate in bright reds, and there is also a visible blue cast in bright grays.

We did not notice any PWM, but the display is hardly suitable for demanding gamers due to the slow response times.

612
cd/m²
605
cd/m²
618
cd/m²
650
cd/m²
674
cd/m²
650
cd/m²
662
cd/m²
656
cd/m²
642
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 674 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 641 cd/m² Minimum: 5.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 674 cd/m²
Contrast: 1567:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.45 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 5.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
94.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.072
Nokia G22
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Nokia G21
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto G23
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
IPS, 1650x720, 6.71
Response Times
-15%
17%
22%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
60.2 ?(33, 27.2)
64 ?(31, 33)
-6%
46 ?(28, 18)
24%
49.5 ?(29.5, 20)
18%
Response Time Black / White *
27.7 ?(17.9, 9.8)
34 ?(17, 17)
-23%
25 ?(14, 11)
10%
20.9 ?(11.2, 9.7)
25%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-24%
-13%
-9%
Brightness middle
674
492
-27%
522
-23%
417
-38%
Brightness
641
484
-24%
502
-22%
397
-38%
Brightness Distribution
90
86
-4%
91
1%
85
-6%
Black Level *
0.43
0.46
-7%
0.47
-9%
0.35
19%
Contrast
1567
1070
-32%
1111
-29%
1191
-24%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.45
6.02
-35%
4.63
-4%
3.81
14%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.41
9.13
-23%
8.59
-16%
7.2
3%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.1
7.1
-39%
5.2
-2%
5.2
-2%
Gamma
2.072 106%
2.345 94%
2.296 96%
2.531 87%
CCT
7799 83%
8918 73%
7832 83%
7842 83%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-20% / -22%
2% / -7%
7% / -3%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27.7 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.9 ms rise
↘ 9.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 67 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
60.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 33 ms rise
↘ 27.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 96 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17744 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Older SoC with good power

With the Unisoc T606 Nokia uses the same SoC as its predecessor Nokia G21. It can still keep up with other devices in terms of performance, enables a reasonably smooth operation, and is sufficient for most everyday apps. In terms of future-proofing, Nokia should opt for a more up-to-date SoC for its next mid-range phone.

We like the fast UFS 2.2 storage, which significantly shortens copying and loading times and gives the Nokia G22 a clear advantage in its price range.

The maximum temperature of 44.7 °C is clearly noticeable at room conditions after a long load but not critical. About 3% of performance losses after long and high load are hardly noticeable in everyday use.

The speaker on the lower edge sounds decent, the music does not overdrive and does not seem too treble-heavy. You can increase the volume beyond 100% in a loud environment but the sound will become very thin. Headphones or speakers can be connected via a 3.5 mm port or wirelessly via Bluetooth. In terms of Bluetooth codecs, Nokia's G22 comes standard with aptX, aptX HD, SBC, AAC, and LDAC. More modern variants are missing, though.

The 5050 mAh battery is exactly the same size as in the predecessor but Nokia's G22 lasted a few minutes less in our Wi-Fi test. Nevertheless, 17:32 hours is a good result, and the phone can even survive 2 workdays without charging. The smartphone can be charged with a maximum of 20 watts, and it then takes a maximum of 2 hours until the battery indicator shows 100% again.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=202, last 2 years)
919 Points +196%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
354 Points +14%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
312 Points +1%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
310 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (273 - 313, n=19)
306 Points -1%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=202, last 2 years)
3043 Points +131%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
1363 Points +3%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1318 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (708 - 1324, n=19)
1206 Points -8%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1185 Points -10%
Geekbench 6.0
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (188 - 2531, n=44, last 2 years)
1279 Points +246%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
423 Points +14%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
370 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  ()
370 Points 0%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (512 - 6460, n=44, last 2 years)
3412 Points +150%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1364 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  ()
1364 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1315 Points -4%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=201, last 2 years)
11960 Points +80%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8450 Points +27%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
8215 Points +24%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
7805 Points +18%
Average UNISOC T606
  (6637 - 8303, n=19)
7338 Points +11%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6637 Points
3DMark
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=125, last 2 years)
2682 Points +557%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
748 Points +83%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
733 Points +80%
Average UNISOC T606
  (394 - 432, n=18)
416 Points +2%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
408 Points
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
397 Points -3%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=191, last 2 years)
6568 Points +1490%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
749 Points +81%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
735 Points +78%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
413 Points
Average UNISOC T606
  (392 - 424, n=18)
413 Points 0%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
393 Points -5%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=194, last 2 years)
1766 Points +1449%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
189 Points +66%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
188 Points +65%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
114 Points
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
111 Points -3%
Average UNISOC T606
  (85 - 118, n=18)
107.3 Points -6%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=190, last 2 years)
1770 Points +1480%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
188 Points +68%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
186 Points +66%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
112 Points
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
110 Points -2%
Average UNISOC T606
  (99 - 121, n=15)
107.7 Points -4%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=214, last 2 years)
45.3 fps +353%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
17 fps +70%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
11 fps +10%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
10 fps
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
9.5 fps -5%
Average UNISOC T606
  (5.1 - 11, n=18)
8.83 fps -12%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=214, last 2 years)
66.3 fps +1105%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.5 fps +73%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
8.8 fps +60%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.5 fps
Average UNISOC T606
  (1.9 - 5.5, n=18)
5.22 fps -5%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.2 fps -5%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=214, last 2 years)
33.5 fps +423%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.3 fps +45%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
7.5 fps +17%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6.4 fps
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6 fps -6%
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.85 - 7.3, n=18)
5.34 fps -17%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=214, last 2 years)
26.6 fps +1230%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.5 fps +75%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
3.3 fps +65%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2 fps 0%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2 fps
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.85 - 2.1, n=18)
1.925 fps -4%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=210, last 2 years)
12.7 fps +1394%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1.5 fps +76%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
1.5 fps +76%
Average UNISOC T606
  (0.8 - 6.6, n=14)
1.253 fps +47%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
0.85 fps
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=208, last 2 years)
33762 Points +211%
Motorola Moto G23
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 8192
13252 Points +22%
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
11406 Points +5%
Average UNISOC T606
  (2228 - 13455, n=14)
11332 Points +4%
Nokia G22
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
10858 Points
Nokia G22Nokia G21Motorola Moto G23Xiaomi Redmi 12CAverage 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-58%
-42%
-37%
5%
112%
Sequential Read 256KB
881
257.6
-71%
282.4
-68%
290.6
-67%
770 ?(485 - 979, n=18)
-13%
Sequential Write 256KB
367
180.6
-51%
244.6
-33%
225.1
-39%
Random Read 4KB
131
74
-44%
100.2
-24%
112.9
-14%
156.6 ?(88.5 - 220, n=18)
20%
Random Write 4KB
172
60.2
-65%
100.5
-42%
123.7
-28%

Temperature

Max. Load
 42.1 °C
108 F
37.4 °C
99 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 42.4 °C
108 F
36.9 °C
98 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
 41.5 °C
107 F
36.7 °C
98 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 42.4 °C = 108 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
34.1 °C
93 F
38.9 °C
102 F
42.7 °C
109 F
33.7 °C
93 F
38.8 °C
102 F
44.5 °C
112 F
35.3 °C
96 F
39.3 °C
103 F
44.7 °C
112 F
Maximum: 44.7 °C = 112 F
Average: 39.1 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.5 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.4 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.7 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.3 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


3DMark - Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
98.8 (4.4min - 4.46max) % +2%
Motorola Moto G23
98.8 (4.47min - 4.53max) % +2%
Nokia G22
96.8 (2.44min - 2.52max) %

Legend

 
Nokia G22 UNISOC T606, ARM Mali-G57 MP1, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Nokia G21 UNISOC T606, ARM Mali-G57 MP1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G23 Mediatek Helio G85, ARM Mali-G52 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 12C Mediatek Helio G85, ARM Mali-G52 MP2, 128 GB eMMC Flash

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.6382531.541.23126.331.94036.433.1503836.1633125.78018.720.310019.518.412519.221.316017.330.220012.23625011.843.331511.149.840011.65750010.762.66309.264.780013.565100011.967.6125012.171.3160010.172.820009.872.3250010.668315010.970.5400011.867.5500012.569.8630013.362.9800014.1661000014.968.41250015.659.61600016.340.1SPL24.481.1N0.548median 12.1median 64.7Delta2.111.439.443.33737.132.932.532.130.835.736.427.430.921.5202322.624.122.719.524.513.533.313.642.312.649.11255.211.460.211.96411.869.913.27015.869.31171.711.366.91263.412.96514.861.117.264.515.763.515.968.216.573.416.867.217.753.626.579.70.844.8median 13.6median 63.52.711.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia G22Xiaomi Redmi 12C
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nokia G22 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 67% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi Redmi 12C audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 48% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 67% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto G23
5000 mAh
1152 min +10%
Nokia G21
5050 mAh
1087 min +3%
Nokia G22
5050 mAh
1052 min
Xiaomi Redmi 12C
5000 mAh
933 min -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=215, last 2 years)
930 min -12%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
17h 32min

Pros

+ partly recycled materials
+ good runtimes
+ usable speaker
+ bright screen
+ fast memory
+ 3 years warranty
+ possibility for self-repair...

Cons

- ... case opening is fiddly
- monthly update promise not yet kept
- significant heating under load

Verdict - Good, but not perfect yet

In review: Nokia G22. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.
In review: Nokia G22. Test device provided by Nokia Germany.

The fact that Nokia is always thinking about how to make its products more sustainable is praiseworthy. Especially relatively inexpensive smartphones require creativity here.

Nokia's G22 is certainly another step in this direction, even though it will probably not completely take away the fear of opening the device for inexperienced users. The repair is still a bit too complicated for that and can damage the phone too easily.

It is a shame that the promise in terms of security updates is not quite kept. The older SoC can still keep up well and, together with the fast memory, ensures a mostly smooth system. The screen also offers a lot of brightness and good contrast.

Decent battery runtimes, a usable speaker, and stable Wi-Fi speed are also plus points of the sustainable smartphone.

Nokia's G22 is a solid mid-range phone with fast memory that puts a lot of effort into sustainability. However, it still needs some fine-tuning before you can really easily repair a cheap phone.

The predecessor Nokia G21 is now available for a low price (for example 155 Euros at amazon.de) and also offers good runtimes, but also a less bright display. The Motorola Moto G23 brings a lot of memory, an additional wide-angle camera, and many Bluetooth codecs.

Price and availability

In the USA, if you prefer a meteor-grey Nokia G22, you can buy it for around $300 at Amazon.

Nokia G22 - 05/02/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
47 / 70 → 67%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
12 / 64 → 19%
Application Performance
68 / 86 → 79%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 90 → 78%
Camera
58%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2023-05- 3 (Update: 2023-05- 3)