Nokia’s G22 phone model comes with a repair kit and instructions on how to replace the battery, screen and charging port. | Courtesy of Nokia

Intel and Nokia say they are helping to enhance recyclability and make it easier to repair devices.

Last month, Intel and its partners Tsinghua Tongfang and Acer announced an “eco-friendly mainstream PC.” About 90% of the components in it are recyclable and it uses less material than other PCs, according to the companies.

The computer’s motherboard has 1,400 components, a drop from the usual 1,800, which is a 22% reduction in materials, tech review site Tom’s Hardware reported. In addition, the power delivery subsystem is 6% more efficient than a conventional motherboard. As for the printed circuit boards, Intel said it can recycle 95% of the metal and glass fibers and 90% of the organic matter on them. 

The PC also has a smaller, 7-liter case. 

Intel encouraged manufacturers to use eco-friendly materials and clean energy in their manufacturing process and asked vendors to work toward the same “green philosophy.”

Nokia’s ‘smartphone autonomy’

Meanwhile, Nokia recently released the G22 phone model, which is built to allow owners to easily swap the battery, screen or charging port in a few minutes, using included tools and repair guides. 

The guides were developed in partnership with repair specialists at iFixit. Nokia called the move “smartphone autonomy.” 

“Nokia G22 empowers owners with the ability to replace a broken display, charging port or battery,” Nokia’s website states.  “It brings an array of longevity promises to the many, not the few – with a 100% recycled plastic back cover, up to 3 years of warranty and updates and a 3-day battery life.”


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