Three years after the release of its latest handset, Fairphone announced Fairphone 3, its latest attempt at a sustainable smartphone. Fairphone 3 tries to deliver on this promise by being easy to repair and constructed with responsible, conflict-free and recycled materials where possible. Fairphone is betting on a world full of long-lasting refurbished phones that could significantly reduce CO2 emissions – a goal shared by iFixit and others in the right-to-repair movement.
Fairphone says its latest handset is easy to fix thanks to its seven modules. This is a similar approach to the one the company used on its previous phone, 201
Fairphone tried to use materials that were as ethical as possible for its third unit. The tin and tungsten used in its construction are not conflicting, the gold is Fairtrade and the copper and plastics are recycled. Fairphone also works to improve the recovery of cobalt, an ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, which is often obtained under conditions that violate human rights. Recycling initiatives will reward shoppers for recycling their previous phones when they buy Fairphone 3 in certain countries, and the company is also working to improve the health, safety and pay of phone factory builders.
Understandably, given Fairphone's focus on making a sustainable phone rather than a portable powerhouse, the features of the Fairphone 3 are not competitive with the other flagships we've seen this year. It has a 5.7-inch Full HD display, a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. Internally, the phone is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Its 3000mAh battery may not be the largest battery around, but it is replaceable, allowing you to easily replace it if its capacity starts to diminish.
Fairphone 3 will be available from September 3rd and you can order it directly from Fairphone for 450 Euros starting today. The company says the phone will be available across Europe from select online retailers and carriers.