Nokia G42 with Snapdragon 480+ SoC and a 50MP main camera released

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the brand, has launched its latest smartphone, the Nokia G42. Although Nokia is not back to the level it was during its “glory years”, since the takeover by HMD Global, the company is bouncing back. Its latest mobile phone is the Nokia G42, a mid-range mobile phone. According to Nokia, this is its first phone that can be easily repaired at home, even if it needs a new screen or battery. In this article, we will take a closer look at the features and specs of the Nokia G42.

Nokia G42

Design and Display

The Nokia G42 has a 6.56-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1612 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The display supports 16.7 million colours and has a pixel density of approximately 269 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has a V-notch cutout on the display that houses its selfie camera. The display has a peak brightness of 560 nits. In terms of design, the Nokia G42 has a QuickFix design that allows for self-repairs. The phone has a plastic back and frame, and it comes in two colours: Midnight Sun and Polar Night.

According to HMD, this device is designed to be repairable without compromise to maximize longevity and lower environmental impact. It also comes with a 2-piece unibody for ease of repair, made with a back cover made of 65% recycled plastic. The company also claims that this device is tested to survive more knocks with over 2x drop testing and new compression testing.


The newly released Nokia G42 comes with a pretty decent camera system for a mid-range mobile phone. Here are the details

  • Rear Camera: The Nokia G42 has a triple camera setup on the rear side that consists of a 50MP main camera (f/1.8), a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth-of-field camera. The rear camera also has autofocus and a flash module.
  • Front Camera: The Nokia G42 has an 8 MP (wide angle) camera on the front. However, one source mentions that the front camera is 16 MP, so there may be some variation depending on the region or model.

Overall, the Nokia G42 has a high-resolution rear camera and a decent front camera for taking selfies and video calls.

Nokia G42

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Performance and Battery

Nokia G42 comes with some impressive features. One of the most notable features of the Nokia G42 is its battery life. The phone is powered by a 5000mAh battery, which is more than enough to last a full day of heavy usage. Also, the phone supports at least 18W fast charging, which means you can quickly recharge the battery when it runs low. Nokia claims that this device has a long-lasting battery in many ways. The company says it offers a 3-day battery life that can last through 800 charging cycles. This is 60% more than the Nokia G50 and many other rival brands. 

In terms of performance, the Nokia G42 is equipped with a Snapdragon 480+ 5G chipset, which is a low-end processor. However, it is still capable of handling most tasks with ease. The phone also has 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is more than enough for most users. This device also supports microSD card expansion

The phone runs on 13 right out of the box, which is the latest version of Android. It also promises to provide two-year operating system updates and three-year monthly security patch updates. Overall, the Nokia G42 is a great phone for anyone who is looking for a phone with good battery life and decent performance. 

The Nokia G42 is powered by a Snapdragon 480 processor and comes with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, depending on the variant. The phone has 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card. The phone runs on Android 13 out of the box and is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

Nokia G42


As mentioned earlier, the Nokia G42 is the company's first 5G phone that can be easily fixed. The phone supports 5G connectivity, as well as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax-ready), Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC. The phone supports GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS, and Galileo and also has an ambient light sensor.


One of the most interesting features of the Nokia G42 is that it is self-repairable. The phone comes with a removable back cover that allows users to easily replace the battery. If they need to, they can also replace the screen. This is a unique feature that is not available on most smartphones today. In addition, HMD has partnered with iFixit to provide repair guides and OEM parts for the Nokia G42 for the next five years, including displays, batteries, charging ports, and more.

Price and Availability

The 6GB/128GB version starts at 249 euros. The phone is expected to be available in Australia starting in July 2023. There is no word yet on when the phone will be available in other markets. However, when it eventually arrives, we will let you know. 


The Nokia G42 is a mid-range smartphone that comes with some interesting features, such as 5G connectivity and self-repairability. The phone has a decent camera setup, a large battery, and a good amount of storage. The phone's design is simple and elegant, and it comes in two colours. Overall, the Nokia G42 is a good option for those who are looking for a mid-range smartphone with some unique features.

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