Fairphone 3 announced with easily replaceable parts, Snapdragon 632
One of the most interesting concepts that has been introduced in the smartphone ecosystem in recent years is the Fairphone. On paper, it might not look like much more than an average entry-level/mid-range smartphone, and in fact, its slightly inflated price point might make you look somewhere else. But this higher price has a reason behind it: the company focuses on making phones humanely and with longevity in mind. The company makes sure workers are rewarded accordingly for their work and not exploited. The phone is made with renewable, recycled parts, making as small of an impact to the environment as possible. And it’s built modularly, making repairs as less of a hassle as possible to keep the phone running for as long as the hardware lasts.
The Fairphone is now being brought back to newer times with the Fairphone 3, following these same exact concepts and more up-to-date internals. The Fairphone 3 receives a few updates compared to its predecessor, including a slightly bigger and taller 5.7-inch 18:9 display. As for the internals, we’re dealing with a Snapdragon 632 here, a system-on-chip which has been proven to work for lower mid-range devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and the Xiaomi Redmi Y3. There is also 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage on-board, and we have often neglected features like a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. The 3,000 mAh battery is also removable like in the old times, which seems like a nice change of pace.
The device is running Android Pie out-of-the-box, and there is also a possibility that we might be seeing Android 10 down the road as well. The only deal-breaker might be the price: $500 seems really steeply-priced for such a low-specced device. But again, given all of the efforts that go into actually making the phone in a humane, sustainable way, the price seems reasonable. You can pre-order it now and it ships in September.
How do you like the Fairphone 3’s concept? Would you grab one? Let us know down in the comments.