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Fairphone Launches Sustainable, Repairable Smartphone with the Fairphone 3

The quest for a sustainable, modular smartphone is alive and well with the latest release from Dutch social enterprise Fairphone, and their Fairphone 3 — an ethical, reliable, and sustainable smartphone.

The Fairphone 3 is designed as a modular platform with replaceable parts made from sourced and recyclable materials. (📷: Fairphone)

“This is the phone for all of us who dare to care about what kind of a world we’re creating with our purchase decisions. For all of us who want a great phone that is kinder to people and to the earth. For all of us who believe that care for workers and our planet ought to be a natural part of doing business.”

The Fairphone 3 is touted as being designed with reasonably sourced, conflict-free recyclable materials that are easy to repair, and reduces its carbon footprint by reducing CO2 emissions. The smartphone is comprised of seven modules- display, battery, top module (camera, sensors), bottom module (USB Type-C/microphone), speaker module, camera module (primary camera), and back cover, with each component being replaceable.

The Fairphone 3 features seven modular parts that can be swapped out using a mini-screwdriver. (📷: Fairphone)

On the hardware end, the Fairphone 3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 with a 64-bit Kryo 250 octa-core CPU and Adreno 506/650 GPU. The phone also offers 64Gb of internal storage, and micro SD card slot for up to 200Gb of extra storage, along with a 5.65-inch HD touchscreen display (21260 X 1080/427ppi), 12MP rear camera (f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF), and 8MP front camera (f/2.0). Wireless options include 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5/LE, NFC, along with 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE with Dual-Nano SIM to connect to mobile networks.

Rounding out the phone’s features are a USB Type-C port, sensor suite (light, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, barometer, compass), 3.5mm headphone jack, and external speaker. The Fairphone 3 is expected to launch September 3rd and will ship with Android Pie, a mini screwdriver (for repairs), a bumper, 2-year warrant, and quick-start guide. The phone is now available for pre-order for about $495.

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