Fairphone Comes Back with the New, Ethical Fairphone 3
Almost three years after the launch of its last handset, Fairphone has announced the Fairphone 3, its latest attempt at making a sustainable smartphone. The Fairphone 3 will deliver on this promise by being easy to repair and by being constructed out of responsibly-sourced, conflict-free, and recycled materials where possible.
Fairphone’s hope is to be able to fill the world with long-lasting repairable phones that would significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Fairphone has said that the Fairphone 3 will be easy to repair, thanks to being constructed out of seven modules. This is a similar approach to what the company used for its previous phone, 2016’s Fairphone 2, because of which iFixit gave it a 10/10 repairability score. Having said that, the company did struggle to offer long-term repairs for its phones in the past. It had to cease support for 2013’s Fairphone 1 in 2017 after it could no longer afford to continue producing spare parts.
Fairphone has tried using material as ethical as possible for its third handset. The tin and tungsten used in its construction are conflict-free, the gold is Fairtrade, and the copper and plastics are recycled. Fairphone is also working to improve its sourcing of cobalt, an ingredient in lithium-ion batteries often mined under conditions that violate human rights. Recycling initiatives will reward buyers for recycling their previous phones when they buy the Fairphone 3 in certain countries, and the company is also working to improve health, safety, and pay for the factory workers assembling the phones.
Given the company’s focus on building a sustainable phone rather than a powerful one, it is fairly safe to say that its specs are not as competitive with other flagships that have launched this year. Fairphone 3 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD display, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Internally the phone is built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor and features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Its 3000 mAh battery is removable, allowing you to easily replace it if its capacity starts to degrade.
The Fairphone 3 will be available from September 3, and the pre-order has already begun, price starting at €450 (approx. Rs. 40,000). The phone, however, will only be available across Europe from select online retailers and operators. So, if you’re planning on a holiday to Europe anytime soon, you might want to bring back the Fairphone 3 with you.