Disclosure: Some links on this page are monetized by the Skimlinks, Amazon, Rakuten Advertising, and eBay, affiliate programs. All prices are subject to change, and this article only reflects the prices available at time of publication.

Once upon a time it was easy to find smartphones with removable back covers and user-replaceable batteries. But these days most smartphones are glued tightly shut, making them difficult to repair without specialized equipment and expertise.

This year HMD has started to make repairability a distinguishing feature though, starting with the Nokia G22 and G42 smartphones for the European market, and now with the new Nokia G310 5G, which is set to go on sale in the United States starting August 24th, 2023.

The Nokia 310 5G is a budget smartphone with a 6.56 inch, 1612 x 720 pixel, 90 Hz display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 5,000 mAh battery.

It does have three rear cameras, but they’re not that impressive: the primary camera has a 50MP sensor and support for autofocus, but the other two include a 2MP depth-sensing camera and a 2MP macro camera.

On the front of the phone there’s an 8MP fixed-focus camera. Other features include a USB 2.0 Type-C OTG port, support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1, and support for 20W charging. The Nokia G310 5G has an aluminum chassis, Gorilla Glass 3 covering the display, and an IP52 rating for water and dust resistance. It also has stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor in the power button, and support for face unlock.

The phone also has a few things that you don’t often find on pricier models anymore, including a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card reader with support for cards with capacities of up to 1TB.

But really the most interesting thing about this phone is that it’s part of HMD’s self-repair line of devices, which means you can find genuine replacement parts, repair tools, and repair guides at iFixit, allowing you to replace batteries, screens, ports, and back covers, among other things.

The Nokia G310 5G is the company’s first phone in the US market to come with this sort of support for self-repairs. But honestly, it’d be nice to see Nokia expand this program to include pricier phones.

A brand new Nokia G310 5G costs just $186, while a screen replacement kit runs $55. While I’m all for being able to repair broken parts rather than buying a brand new phone, I can’t help but think it’d be even more helpful if the company offered spare parts and repair guides for higher-priced models like the $500 Nokia XR21, where replacing a screen would be much cheaper than buying a new device.

press release

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,437 other subscribers

Join the Conversation


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Reads like it’s going in the right direction. The cell phone market in particular has become so consumer-hostile, I’ll only delve into when I cannot avoid it. According to Nokia’s website, the battery is non-removable? Surely, with this model, one must be able to swap it out for a new one…

    1. I agree. I have an some old lg android phone that is never connected to the internet. I offten download apk’s to the pc then install the phone. If my data is not “mine” so I am not a (veteran) DATA SLAVE to the Big Tech. Unfortunately Big Tech Corps have invaded the humanity in many ways. They are packing the computers without repairable, customizable form. Look at Apple. All their pc’s components soldered to the mainboard (cpu, ram, hdd etc.) This way it’s easy to track devices.

  2. Really like the direction of improved reparability. On thing is extended vendor security updates. After 2-5 years and no more. Older phones worked until carriers changed technology.