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September 30, 2021.

Fairphone 4, a fair deal

Fairphone 4.

Fairphone 4. © Fairphone B.V.

We’ve been talking a fair amount about Fairphone, the Dutch company that makes durable Android phones designed to be easy and inexpensive to repair. Indeed, you can fix them yourself with a simple Phillips 00 screwdriver that comes with every phone. The devices all feature fair-trade and recycled materials, a fully modular design and a removable long-life battery. The concept has obviously found its audience as the company is launching a 4th generation of its sustainable phone.

The Fairphone 4 uses a modular design similar to previous versions, but with much more powerful internals, a five-year warranty, and the promise of two major Android updates and end-of-year software support until 2025. It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G processor, combined with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. It’s powered by a removable 3,905mAh battery, and the display is a 6.3-inch 1080p LCD panel. There are two rear photo sensors (a main 48-megapixel and an ultrawide, also 48 megapixel) and a front-facing 25-megapixel. These technical specs make the device fairly competitive with other mid-range Android phones, which was not really the case with previous generations. Prices start at 579 EUR (850 CAD) and shipping begins October 25.

Fairphone 4.

The Verge, Jon Porter, “Fairphone’s latest sustainable smartphone comes with a five-year warranty.”



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