Fairphone’s primary focus is on making smartphones easy to repair and made out of ethically sourced materials. A module design has been used in Fairphone 4 that is similar to the company’s previous phones. There is a complete internal five-year warranty and a promise of two major Android updates and software support until the end of 2025. The shipping of the phone will start on October 25th, and the prices start at €579.
Fairphone aims to produce a more ethical alternative to modern smartphones. That means making a phone that uses sustainable materials before providing the warranty and software support to make it useable for an extended period. It only guarantees software support until the end of 2025, but it has the ambition to extend it as far as 2027. The company would also like to eventually release 2024’s Android 15 as an update to the phone. The phone is competitive with other mid-range Android handsets.
The 5G handset has –
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G processor.
- 6 or 8GB of RAM.
- 128 or 256GB of internal storage.
- Expandable via microSD.
- 3,905mAh removable battery.
- The display is a 6.3-inch 1080p LCD panel.
- There are two rear cameras – a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 48-megapixel ultrawide, and a single 25-megapixel selfie camera.
- The primary rear camera is equipped with optical image stabilization and can record up to 4K / 30fps.
The phone no longer includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is a choice that feels odd with the company’s otherwise customer-first approach. The company decided to offer an official IP rating for dust and water resistance, which was missing in the companies’ previous phones. The phone is only IP54, which means it’s protected from light splashes rather than full submersion.
Eight repair modules for the phone are being sold. This includes rear and selfie cameras, earpieces, loudspeakers, USB-C ports, back covers, batteries, and replacement displays. Using a standard head screwdriver, all of these are easily removable. The customers will be able to carry out lots of repairs themselves. The company says in the local repair shops its spare parts are readily available. The spare is expected to be available until at least 2027.
With previous devices, the phone has a good track record. The company has a good track record of providing major Android updates for its phones in terms of software. Fairphone has officially released the Android 9 update for Fairphone 2 earlier this year. The device was initially launched with Android 5. It has come three years after the release of the Android 9 original release.
The phone is made using Fairtrade-certified gold, responsibly sourced aluminum and tungsten, and recycled tin, rare earth minerals, and plastic. It claims that the phone is the 1st electronic waste neutral handset because it’ll recycle one phone or an equal amount of e-waste for each device sold. In Europe, the phone is available for pre-order from September 30th, but shipping will start from October 25th. Till now, the US release date has not been announced. The company says it is interested but at this moment focusing only on Europe.