Nokia G42 phone in purple

Nokia’s latest budget-friendly phone comes in…purple!

Purple continues to be the colour of choice for many phone manufacturers (and we’re not mad about it), as Nokia announces that its latest phone, the G42, will be available in a fun, on-trend ‘So Purple’ shade.

Not only that, but the G42 marks a first for the brand: this will be its debut do-it-yourself, repairable 5G phone. Earlier in the year, Nokia released its first DIY repairable 4G-only device, the Nokia G22; however, the  G42 is the company’s premier fix-it-yourself 5G handset.

“It’s safe to say Purple is having a moment this year,” said CMO of HMD Global (the home of Nokia phones), Lars Silberbauer. “Not only does the Nokia G42 look great, it’s also a continuation of our repairability journey which is now a fundamental part of the way we design smartphones.”

Want to know more about Nokia’s latest sub-$500 phone? Read on to find out more.

Nokia G42 features and specs

Woman holding Nokia G42 phone in purple
Source: Nokia

The biggest two draw cards for the Nokia G42 are, of course, the ability to repair it yourself with a repair kit from iFixit (which will need to be bought separately), and the purple colour option. But the G42 is more than just a pretty phone.

The Nokia G42 comes packed with a 6.56-inch HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor, along with 5G connectivity, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Nokia has also tested the durability of the G42, so it’s built to last, and will include three years of monthly security updates and two years of Android OS updates.

As for battery, you’ll get a 5,000mAh battery with three day battery life to keep you going all day. There’s a triple rear-camera setup with 50MP main lens along with 2MP depth and 2MP macro cameras and AI imaging for clear shots in a range of conditions, along with night mode and portrait mode. You’ll also get an 8MP front-facing camera. For quality sound, there’s also OZO 3D audio capture to improve your video recordings.

You can pick up the Nokia G42 in its So Purple colour for $449 AUD RRP from late July on the Nokia website, and from a range of retailers. You can also pick up a clear case made from 100% recycled materials from the Nokia website for $29 AUD RRP.

An iFixit repair kit is available from the iFixit website for the following repairs: display replacement ($89.99 AUD), battery ($49.99 AUD) and charging port ($42.99 AUD).

  • $449 AUD RRP
  • 5G connectivity
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor
  • 6.56-inch HD+ display
  • Up to 90Hz refresh rate
  • Triple rear-camera setup (50MP main + 2MP depth + 2MP macro)
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 5,000mAh battery with up to 20W fast charging
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage with up to 1TB expandable MicroSD storage
  • Android 13
  • Available in So Purple and So Grey colours

Related: Nokia G60 5G review: A strong performance for the price

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  • 6.58-inch display
  • Rear cameras: 50MP main + 5MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth
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  • 4,500mAh battery
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  • Black and Ice colours
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Plans for the Nokia G42

If you plan to pickup the Nokia G42, you’ll need to pair it with a SIM-only phone plan. There are plenty of options out there — from prepaid and postpaid plans to cheap plans to big-data plans. The below table compares a range of prepaid and postpaid phone plans, swap between the tabs to compare plans.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 20GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try using our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data each month, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. If you want to compare a larger range of offers from other providers, use our phone plan comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Related: The Nokia C32 is a big camera, big battery phone for under $250


Emma Bradstock
Telco Specialist
Emma Bradstock has been an authority on consumer phone, internet, technology and streaming markets in Australia for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Macquarie University and has over a decade of professional writing experience in print and digital media.

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