Fairphone 4: Modular smartphone with a long warranty & spare parts

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On October 25th, Fairphone from the Netherlands is launching the Fairphone 4, the next generation of the smartphone, which is manufactured under fair conditions and relatively easy to repair, from 579 euros. Many spare parts are offered for the Fairphone 4 and software support is planned until at least the end of 2025.

Fairphone 4 starts at 579 euros

After the Fairphone 1 from 2013, the Fairphone 2 from 2015, the Fairphone 3 two years ago and the slight upgrade Fairphone 3+ last year, the company of the same name is now following the Fairphone 4, which was released in two configurations on October 25th among other things in Germany to come on the market, pre-orders are now possible. A variant with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable memory is available for 579 euros, as well as a model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of expandable memory for 649 euros. The cheaper model is offered in gray, the more expensive one in green and, exclusively on the manufacturer’s website, also in “Green Speckled”. Next to the own sales in the online shop the smartphone is offered online and in stores of Deutsche Telekom and O2 in Germany, Digitec and Interdiscount in Switzerland and Media Markt in Austria.

  • Fairphone 4 in gray

    Fairphone 4 in gray (Image: Fairphone)

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    A smartphone from fair production

    At Fairphone, the production of the smartphone under fair conditions and from raw materials obtained fairly and sustainably is the focus of product development and manufacturing. In addition, the manufacturer wants to make it as easy as possible for customers to obtain spare parts over a long period of time and to repair the smartphone themselves. In addition, there should be software support for many years. With the Fairphone 4, all of these factors should come together in one smartphone.

    The first “electronics waste-neutral” 5G smartphone

    The manufacturer declares for the Fairphone 4 that it is the first “Electronics waste neutral“5G smartphone in the world. This means that for every Fairphone 4 sold, Fairphone wants to responsibly recycle a mobile phone – or the same amount of electronic waste. Alternatively, the production of a new cell phone is prevented by refurbishing an old smartphone for every Fairphone sold and thus reusing it. In detail, the manufacturer says about the recycling program that the devices come from Fairphone’s European take-back campaigns or from countries without an official recycling infrastructure and are brought to Europe for environmentally friendly recycling.

    Raw materials and manufacturing

    In the procurement of raw materials and the production of the Fairphone 4, the company goes its own way, which should be one thing above all: fair. From the previous 8 materials, Fairphone has increased to 14 materials that come from sustainable and fair sources. For the Fairphone 4, these are Fairtrade-certified gold, aluminum from suppliers that are certified according to the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standard are certified, fair tungsten from Rwanda as well as recycled tin, rare earths and plastics. Fairphone aims to address supply chain problems – such as child labor and unsafe working conditions – while creating opportunities for positive change. For example, miners and workers should work under fair conditions, have a safe and healthy work environment and have access to personal protective equipment. By 2023, the company wants to purchase 70 percent of all raw materials under fair conditions.

  • By 2023, 70 percent of the raw materials are to be sourced fairly

    By 2023, 70 percent of raw materials are to be sourced fairly (Image: Fairphone)

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    Fair wages and good working conditions

    For Fairphone, living wages and continuous improvement of working conditions at strategic suppliers are also important. As part of the program imposed for this, a total of 10,717 people would have benefited from the social, ecological or economic measures of Fairphone in mines and factories in 2020, explains the manufacturer. Compared to 2018, this corresponds to almost doubling the number of people covered by the program. In order to close the gap between the Chinese minimum wage and a living wage, Chinese factory workers at Fairphone’s manufacturing supplier received a bonus in 2020 equal to more than four months’ salary.

    Spare parts and accessories for the Fairphone 4

    For the customer, the fairly manufactured Fairphone 4 should be comparatively easy and repairable for a long time after the market launch. The manufacturer wants to offer spare parts for the smartphone until at least 2027 and sells them individually via the online shop. The Fairphone 4 itself comes with a manufacturer’s guarantee of 5 years. If spare parts are required after this period or if it is your own fault, individual components such as the USB-C connection, the loudspeaker or the camera module can be purchased at fair prices. The spare parts can be assembled without special tools and Fairphone provides instructions for all components and works with graphics applied to the internal components so that the repair can be carried out as clearly as possible after opening the smartphone. The following components are offered by Fairphone:

    • Battery: 29.95 euros
    • Display: 79.95 euros
    • Back: 19.95 euros (green, blue), 24.95 euros (green speckled)
    • USB-C port: 14.95 euros
    • Loudspeaker: 19.95 euros
    • Earpiece: 14.95 euros
    • Main cameras: 79.95 euros
    • Selfie camera: 29.95 euros
  • Structure of the Fairphone 4

    Structure of the Fairphone 4 (Image: Fairphone)

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    Fairphone True Wireless Headphones

    In addition, Fairphone sells a dual charger with 30 watts and connections for USB-C and USB-A for 24.95 euros and a USB-C cable for 19.95 euros as accessories. The Fairphone can be charged with a maximum of 20 watts to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The smartphone is delivered without any accessories, i.e. neither headphones, power supply unit, nor charging cable. Other accessories that Fairphone offers include a USB-C jack adapter for 9.95 euros, true wireless headphones for 99.95 euros, screen protectors with privacy and blue light filters for 32.95 euros and 29, respectively , 95 euros and soft cases in gray, green or red for 39.95 euros.

    Software updates up to Android 15

    When it comes to software, too, Fairphone relies on durability. The smartphone is still delivered with Android 11 in the stock version as with Google. For today’s presentation, the company guarantees updates up to and including Android 15, which should be released in autumn 2024, provided that Google adheres to the annual rhythm. Fairphone wants to deliver updates even if the support from the manufacturer of the chipset (Qualcomm) has expired. There will be a commitment until at least the end of 2025, but the target is until the end of 2027, i.e. six years of software support in total.

    The technical equipment of the Fairphone 4

    Speaking of chipset: The technical specifications of the smartphone should not go unmentioned. The Fairphone 4 measures 75.5 × 162.0 × 10.50 mm (W × H × D) with a weight of 225 g and consists of a metal frame in which the individual components are inserted. On the front, the smartphone closes with a 6.3-inch IPS display with stretched Full HD resolution and drop notch, which a 25 megapixel selfie camera takes. The easily removable back is made of polycarbonate and accommodates two 48-megapixel cameras for wide and ultra-wide angles as well as a ToF sensor on the top left. The main camera works with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, while the ultra-wide-angle camera also offers autofocus so that it can also take macro photos.

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    Fairphone 4 (Image: Fairphone)

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    Snapdragon 750G with potential upgrade

    Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G from 8 nm production, which offers a total of eight CPU cores, which are divided into two Kryo 570 Gold (Cortex-A77) and six Kryo 570 Silver (Cortex-A55). Fairphone has announced that the modular structure could potentially enable upgrading to a newer SoC at a later date. In addition, there is an Adreno 619 GPU and 6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM integrated into the SoC. Via the integrated Snapdragon X52 modem, the Fairphone 4 supports 2G, 3G and 4G for the first time also 5G in the sub-6 GHz spectrum, as used in Germany. Instead of four antennas in the Fairphone 3, eight are now required, which was a particular challenge in terms of the modular structure of the smartphone, the manufacturer explained when asked.

    Further features of the Fairphone 4 are a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual SIM support via a nano-SIM card and an eSIM, a replaceable battery with 3,905 mAh, a microSD memory expansion by up to 2 TB and IP54 protection, the Repels dust in small quantities and light splash water.

    ComputerBase received information about this item from Fairphone under NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication time.

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