The Fairphone is a socially responsible repairable, modular Android smartphone that aims to last longer than most other phones. The latest iteration is the Fairphone 4, which follows the Fairphone 3 released in August 2019.
The Fairphone 4 runs Android 11 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G octa-core processor coupled with up to 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display. The smartphone comes with a 5-year warranty by default, and software updates are guaranteed until at least 2025.
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G (SM7225) octa-core Kryo 570 processor with 2x Cortex-A77 cores @ 2.2GHz, 6x Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8GHz, Adreno 619 GPU
- System Memory & Storage options
- 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storeage, MicroSD card socket up to 2TB
- 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, MicroSD card socket up to 2TB
- Display – 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340×1080) IPS touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass 5
- Primary Camera – 48 MP OIS Camera with dual LED flash, autofocus, up to 4000 x 3000 (4K UHD) video resolution
- Sub Camera – Ultra-Wide (120°) 48MP camera with dual-tone LED flash, autofocus
- Font-facing camera – 25 MP camera with HDR support, fixed focus, up to 1080p30
- Video Codecs – HEVC, H264, VP9, MEPG-2, H.263, Divx, Xvid
- Audio – Stereo speakers, microphone
- 5G up to 2.6 Gbps DL, 200 Mbps UL; Sub-6Ghz NSA bands – n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n41/n71/n77/n78
- 4G Cat. 18 up to 1.2 Gbps DL, Cat. 13 up to 150 Mbps DL; Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/18/19/20/28/32/38/40/41/71; VoLTE + VoWiFi (depending on local network)
- 3G HSPA+ and 2G GSM
- Dual-band WiFi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
- Bluetooth 5.1 + LTE
- NFC for card payment and more
- GNSS – GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 OTG Type-C port with Displayport Alt Mode
- Sensors – Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, e-Compass, side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- Battery – 3,905 mAh removable Li-Ion battery good for about 13 hours of phone calls
- Dimensions – 162 x 75.5 x 10.5 mm
- Weight – 225 grams
- IP Rating – IP54
Eight different spare parts will be offered for the phone with namely the battery, the rear camera module, the front camera module, the USB-C port, the loudspeaker, the earpiece, the display, and the back cover. I’m a bit surprised the phone is certified IP54, as once a user opens the case, I’m not so sure dust and waterproofness can be ensured.
But anyway, they are confident enough in their design to offer a 5-year warranty for the phone for orders made before December 2022, and it has one of the best sustainability scores with 9.3 out of 10 (TCO certified) for the model with 256GB storage, and 9.2 for the 128GB variant.
In order to produce as little electronic waste as possible, the ethical phone only ships with a Quick Start Guide and an eco-friendly packaging. The USB-C to USB-C Cable 2.0, dual-port 30W Charger, and USB-C to mini audio jack adapter are all optional and sold separately, since you may also have those from your previous phone(s).
The Fairphone 4 sells for €649.00 with a 5-year warranty, and accessories like spare parts range from €14.95 for the earphone or USB-C module, and up to €79.95 for the rear camera module. There’s no price for the display no back cover at this time.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.