Fairphone 4 repairable Android smartphone comes with a 5-year warranty

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.

Fairphone 4 specifications:

  • 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
  • Cameras
    • 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
  • Connectivity
    • Cellular
      • 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.

Via Liliputing

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12 Replies to “Fairphone 4 repairable Android smartphone comes with a 5-year warranty”

  1. Social responsibility seems to be quite expensive. I imagined it would be more expensive but at this price it’s a bit much for what it offers so I for one am going to pass.
    The phones I’ve had from Xiaomi and Leeco usually lasted enough for me to want to replace them.
    I’ve also been able to find batteries, screens and other such parts for quite good prices on Aliexpress. As for the software luckily the community usually takes good care of that and to be fair Xiaomi does a decent job as well.
    Leeco … well we all know what happened there but the hardware was decent.

    1. Social responsibility generaly more expensive upfront.
      Just like CFC ban, ROHS, EU MEPS motors, Incandescent light phase out, it cost more now but save you in the long term.
      If there is no regulation, everyone will choose the cheapest when purchased, and cost more in the long run.

      Cheap always means you pay for it in other ways.
      After all Fairphone’s sustaibility, fair trade, fair labour, and repairability cost money.

  2. It looks honest in my opinion. Especially when you take into account that competitors count on the fact that you will renew it every 15 months after breaking it, so they can even afford slightly lower margins per device but much larger ones over 5 years and 4 devices. I’m wondering how the warranty works if you open it to start to change parts, or hack on them (e.g. “oh look, Tx & Rx pads with some room for thin wires”).

  3. These are a broken device by design, nothing more.

    To design a Long life phone make a case, a screen and battery separate from the main board. Then the user can swap and change as they like. Impossible the knowledge people cry ” heretic, burn at the stake “. That’s how 2G, customisable, Nokia, keyboard phone worked. Nokia 3210 Nokia 3310 https://www.mobilephonehistory.co.uk/nokia/nokia_3310.php

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=customised+nokia+3310&t=samsung&iax=images&ia=images

    1. The screen is seperate. The phone is modular by design. It comes with a screwdriver and only has philips head screws. And the battery is also removeable. As easy as with a 3210 🙂

  4. And this, kids, is the Green New Deal in a box: Everything will be worse, but nevertheless it will cost you arm and leg, so that you will neved be able to afford it. You will own nothing and you will be happy, or go to camp for troublemakers.

    1. Or the Phone has a price where more people that involved (supplychain, manufacturing) can get a descent wage. It is not cheap. But is that because the Fairphone is expensive or because the other phones rely on cheap labour and exploitation? I mean, i guess you want a descent wage. Like everybody else on this blue marble.

    2. Well i guess you only know to blame “the green new deal” for all your problem.

      IMO you should read more business & economic books, rather than watching political shows.
      There are things like chip shortage, economics of scale, labour & service cost, etc….

      You also have the choice to buy Freedom phone, if you dont like Fairphone.

      Qouting you here;
      Freedom Phone = “Everything will be worse, but nevertheless it will cost you arm and leg, so that you will neved be able to afford it.”
      So lets blame it on green new deal to for this.

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