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HMD brings three new Nokia devices to MWC 2023

As usual, MWC means new Nokia devices.

Fergus Halliday
Feb 26, 2023
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HMD Global's latest lot of Nokia smartphones don't have 5G, but they do promise to be better about repairability.

Announced and shown off at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the new Nokia C22, Nokia C32 and Nokia G22 lean towards affordability and emphasize sustainability.

The first cab off the rank here is the budget-friendly Nokia C22. This particular device runs on Android 13 (Go Edition) and a Unisoc 9863A1 CPU. It comes kitted out with up 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Screenwise, the C22 has a 6.517-inch HD+ display with a center-oriented cutout on it. Meanwhile, the back of the Nokia C22 plays host to a dual-lens setup that combines a 13MP main lens (with autofocus) with a secondary 2MP macro lens. Rounding things out, there's also an 8MP front-facing camera housed within the aforementioned notch.

While it's not quite ruggedised, the main sell for the Nokia C22 is that it's both cheap and built to last. While it doesn't have 5G, the handset is IP52 rated against splash and dust damage and comes wrapped in toughened glass. Throw in 2 years of security updates and the promise of 3-day battery life, and there's a case to be made for this as an alternative to some of the other Android-based options playing at this end of the market.

The Nokia C22 will arrive later this year in two colours: Midnight Black and Sand.

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When it does, it'll come accompanied by the new Nokia C32. This device shares many of the same specs as the cheaper C22. However, it's distinguished by the fact that it has a little bit more RAM and storage (4GB and 128GB), runs on Android 13 proper, and boasts a 50MP main camera sensor in place of the 13MP one on the back of the Nokia C22.

In Australia, the Nokia C32 will be available in the open market from $249 in mid-May. The device will be available in three colours: Charcoal, Beach Pink and Autumn Green.

Nokia smartphones

Last but not least, there's the new Nokia G22. This modest mid-ranger comes in two colours: Meteor Grey and Lagoon Blue. It runs on Android 12 but comes powered by a more powerful Unisoc T606 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

On the front of the Nokia G22, there's a 6.52-inch HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. On the back, there's a triple-lens camera setup with a 50MP main sensor, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens.

Although the Nokia G22 shares the same 8MP selfie camera as the one found on the Nokia C22 and Nokia C32, these optics come enhanced by a set of image processing algorithms that HMD are called X-Series. This inclusion promises to help the humble hardware on the G22 deliver better low-light results than that of competing devices with the same components.

The Nokia G22 also boasts a slightly larger 5050Mah battery, faster 20W wired charging, and an extended warranty that includes 3 years of security updates and 2 OS upgrades.

Repairability is the other callout here. While the C22 and C32 aren't quite DIY-friendly enough to accommodate an old-school battery swap-out, HMD Global says that it is now working with IFIXIT to make it easier to access parts, guides and standardised tools for the most expensive of the three new models..

According to the company, changing the battery inside the Nokia G22 takes less than 5 minutes and can be done using a SIM tray tool, guitar pick or screwdriver

In Australia, the Nokia G22 is set to go on pre-order in late March ahead of an April launch at a recommended retail price of $349.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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