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HMD’s repairable Nokia phone initiative lands stateside

HMD is bringing its repairable phone initiative to the US with the Nokia G310, a $186 smartphone that’ll be available from T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile on August twenty fourth. This is technically the third smartphone HMD has released with a design that makes it easier to interchange commonly broken components like its battery and display, but its previous Nokia G22 and Nokia G42 were focused on European markets.

As with its previous repairable phones, HMD is partnering with iFixit to provide spare parts and repair guides for the G310. The company’s press release doesn’t offer too many details on how precisely the phone is straightforward to repair, but previous repairable Nokia-branded handsets have included design features like rear cases that may be unclipped by hand to disclose easily accessible screws and batteries that may be lifted out using pull tabs (though they’re not fully user-removable like Nokia feature phones of old).

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Beyond its repairable element, the Nokia G310 has the specs of a comparatively entry-level smartphone. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus processor, with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and as much as 1TB of expandable storage via microSD. It’s got a 5000mAh battery that may be fast-charged at as much as 20W via a USB-C port, and the entire device has an IP52 rating which suggests it has good protection against dust, but only limited protection against water sprays.

Around front there’s a 6.56-inch display with a limited 720p resolution, but no less than it offers a comparatively snappy 90Hz refresh rate. On the back there’s technically a triple-camera setup, but beyond the important 50-megapixel camera the 2 additional sensors for depth and macro are only 2 megapixels in resolution. The phone has an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and relies on a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for biometric security.

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