The Fairphone 3+ is the Dutch brand’s next sustainable smartphone
Dutch smartphone manufacturer Fairphone is expected to release a minor refresh for last year’s Fairphone 3 in the coming days, according to a recent report from WinFuture. The next-gen sustainable smartphone, called Fairphone 3+, will feature updated camera modules, minor design changes, a software update, and more.
As per the leaked marketing materials shared by the publication, the Fairphone 3+ will feature almost all of the same hardware as its predecessor. The device will pack in a 5.65-inch LCD with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The device will pack in a 3,000mAh user-replaceable battery, a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0.
The main upgrade on the Fairphone 3+ will be offered in the camera department. The upcoming device will pack in a 48MP camera on the back and a 16MP selfie shooter on the front. This is a massive upgrade over the 12MP primary camera and 8MP selfie camera found on the Fairphone 3. The device will include a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner and, instead of a translucent back panel, the Fairphone 3+ will feature an opaque black back panel. In terms of the software, the Fairphone 3+ will run Android 10 out of the box.
The report further reveals that the Fairphone 3+ will be 20 Euros more expensive than its predecessor, bringing its price up to 470 Euros (~$556). Much like its predecessor, the Fairphone 3+ will feature a modular design that will let buyers easily replace faulty components with the included screwdriver. However, it isn’t clear whether buyers will be able to replace the camera module on the Fairphone 3 with the improved 48MP and 16MP sensors that will be released with the new device.
Update: The new Fairphone 3+ is now official
Fairphone has officially unveiled the Fairphone 3+, just hours after the leaked marketing material was released. The company announced the device by sharing a video on Twitter, which you can check out below.
— Fairphone (@Fairphone) August 27, 2020
The new Fairphone 3+ makes use of 40% recycled plastics and, as mentioned earlier, it comes with upgraded 48MP primary and 16MP selfie camera modules. The design and other hardware specifications remain the same.
|Dimensions||158 x 71.8 x 9.89mm|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 632|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Fingerprint sensor||Rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner|
|Rear Camera||48MP f/1.79|
|Front Camera||16MP f/2.0|
|Android Version||Android 10|
The device is available for pre-order on the company’s website for €469 (~$554) and it will ship to buyers starting from September 14th. The Fairphone 3+ comes with a 2-year warranty and all purchases are protected by a 14-day return policy.
Additionally, the company has confirmed that the new camera modules will be supported by the older Fairphone 3, and users will be able to purchase them separately and easily add them to their device. The new camera modules are available for purchase on Fairphone’s website, with the 48MP module priced at €59.95 (~$71) and the 16MP module priced at €34.95 (~$41). The company will also be releasing the Android 10 update for the Fairphone 3 shortly.