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Fairphone Four has an unimaginable 5 12 months guarantee, concentrating on 6 years of updates

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  • The Fairphone 4 is the only smartphone that comes with a screwdriver.

  • The front and back.

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  • A real photo from the front.

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  • The page. This side slot is used to pry off the back.

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  • The colors. Check out this crazy green speckled version.

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  • A real picture from the back.

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Fairphone is unique in the world of smartphones. It’s pretty much the only company trying to build a sustainable device that isn’t glued together and hostile to the repair community. Today, Fairphone announces a brand new flagship: the Fairphone 4, which has an updated design and better specs while offering all of the modularity you would expect.

The basic equipment of the 579 euro model includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. There is also a € 649 version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. On the front is a 6.3-inch LCD with 2340 × 1080 pixels (compared to the Fairphone 3 design) and a teardrop notch for the 25 MP front camera. The 3905 mAh battery is Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.1 compatible. So if you have a compatible USB-C charger (not included), you can get the battery from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The phone comes with Android 11 and has a side fingerprint reader in the power button, a MicroSD slot and the option of dual SIM use via a physical NanoSIM and an eSIM.

Surprisingly, there’s no headphone jack, which Fairphone’s demographics really would have wanted. Wired headphones last indefinitely, while bluetooth headphones become trash after a few years when the batteries run out. Telling people to go out and buy bluetooth headphones seems to go against Fairphone’s sustainability pitch.

On the back there is a 48 MP main camera with OIS and a 48 MP wide-angle camera with macro function. The third circle on the back is not a camera; Instead, it houses a laser autofocus system, a color sensor and a transit time sensor.

Enlarge / The many modules of the Fairphone.

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The most important feature of Fairphone is the modular components that make repairs easy with just a screwdriver. Inside the phone you will find eight easily interchangeable parts: the display, the USB-C port, the selfie camera, the ear speaker, the main camera array, the speaker, the battery and the rubberized back. If something breaks, all of these parts will be available for sale on Fairphone.com. The only “non-commercial replacement part” is the core module, which contains the SoC, memory, RAM, device frame and fingerprint reader.

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Fairphone is striving for longevity this year and the ease of repair of this model allows for an incredible 5 year warranty at no additional cost. The company also promises “long-term availability of spare parts” – parts for the Fairphone 2, which was launched in 2015, will continue to be sold on the website.

Fairphone is not only treading a path of sustainability when it comes to hardware. The company has also gone to great lengths to update software, such as updating the five-year-old Fairphone 2 to Android 9.0 in March of this year. Fairphone did this without the help of Qualcomm, which long ago abandoned the chips developed five years ago. Updating an Android device without chipset vendor support is unprecedented, but Fairphone has still spent the money and partnered with the LineageOS community to make it happen.

Fairphone says it wants to continue the industry-leading update work it did with the Fairphone 4, but the lack of support from virtually everyone else in the industry means the future is unpredictable. So Fairphone guarantees updates through the end of 2025 when Qualcomm’s support expires, and then strives for more.

Here is the full statement:

Fairphone 4 is guaranteed software support through the end of 2025 and includes upgrades to Android 12 and Android 13, but the company plans to extend it even further through the end of 2027 with upgrades to Android 14 and Android 15 despite support from the chipset supplier being phased out. With this unprecedented ambition, Fairphone would like to repeat what it achieved with a previous model: six years of software support from the launch of an Android device.

The Fairphone 4 is available for pre-order today and ships on October 25th. It will be available across Europe and the UK, and that’s only Europe and the UK by the way. Those of us in the US still can’t have beautiful things. What does it take, Fairphone? There are people in the US who want to support that.

Offer picture from Fairphone

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