Fairphone’s latest sustainable and repair-friendly smartphone is now available and offers five years of support and two major Android updates.
“With each Fairphone we launched, we’ve raised the bar of our challenge to the electronics industry on both sustainability and human rights,” Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens writes in the announcement post. “We championed repairability, widened our reach, scaled up, and proved that sustainability is a viable business model. Fairphone 4 is all about making a fair choice easier.”
From a tech perspective, Fairphone 4 looks like a modern mid-tier smartphone, with its Snapdragon 750G chipset, 6.3-inch HD display, optional 5G connectivity, dual SIM card support, dual 48 MP rears cameras, Wi-Fi 5, and NFC capabilities, plus Android 11. But what sets Fairphone 4 apart, of course, is everything else.
Like previous models, Fairphone 4 is sustainable in that it’s built with responsibly sourced and conflict-free materials, many of which are recycled, and it’s backed by a 5-year warranty. The devices are user-serviceable, with the ability to swap out the battery, display, cameras, and many other parts and replace them easily, using just a standard screwdriver.
“When you buy a Fairphone 4, we responsibly recycle or give one old phone a second life,” the firm explains. “This means 100 percent compensation for the material we put into the market. This is first in the smartphone industry.”
There are 4G and 5G versions of Fairphone 4. Each starts at €579.00, and those configurations offer 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but there are also €649.00 versions of each with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. There are gray and green versions in 5G, and a speckled green color for the 4G versions.
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