Dutch smartphone maker Fairphone has announced the Fairphone 4. According to the manufacturer, this phone is the first “waste-neutral” phone on the market, because the manufacturer also recycles a smartphone for every unit sold.
Fairphone not only promises to recycle the smartphone for each unit sold, but also for the parts that users then purchase; The manufacturer promised to recycle an equal amount of e-waste for this purpose. It is the first time that the smartphone maker has promised to do so with the introduction of a new model.
According to the Dutch manufacturer, the Fairphone 4 is also the first smartphone with a polycarbonate back that is completely recycled from materials used by consumers. The use of recycled materials is already common in the technology market, but other materials such as aluminum are often included.
In addition, the Fairphone 4 again contains six additional materials obtained in a “fairer” way than before. For example, the gold used is Fairtrade certified and the tin is recycled. The manufacturer prides itself on using materials and production processes that have to be fairer.
The Fairphone 4 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G support for the fifth generation. There is one nano-sim slot and one e-sim. It is the first model from Fairphone to support the new network standard. The screen has a notch and it is a 6.3-inch LCD screen, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
The cameras are Sony IMX586, a 1/2-inch sensor with an area of u200bu200babout 31 square millimeters and a resolution of 48 megapixels. In addition, there is an ultra-wide-angle camera with macro autofocus. It also has a resolution of 48 megapixels, and the third aperture is the time-of-flight sensor.
The interchangeable battery has a capacity of 3905 mAh and can be charged at 30W. There is no 3.5 mm jack. Audio output via USB-C or Bluetooth. According to Fairphone, the lack of this port improves longevity and it was necessary to remove it to obtain an IP54 rating; The case is protected against dust and water-resistant when sprayed on the phone.
Fairphone calls removing the 3.5mm jack a “difficult decision” in its interpretation. “At the end of the day, it’s about making a product that lasts five years. We had to remove as many vulnerable parts as possible, and the 3.5mm jack gets all sorts of dust over time. Plus, the phone with audio was a pretty wide jack. No We want users to get rid of working wired headphones and are making sure that a USB-C adapter is available for purchase through our sales channels.”
There is a fingerprint scanner in the power button on the side. Eight parts are available for repair after purchase. This includes the monitor, cameras, USB port, and battery. The Fairphone 4 will be released on October 25 and costs 579 euros in the Netherlands and Belgium for the version that has 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage. The variant with 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of storage costs 649 euros. This is a bit more expensive than the Fairphone 3 models; Fairphone 3 and 3+ were offered for 450 euros.
|Phone 6GB / 128GB||€579|
|Phone 8GB / 256GB||€649|
|end of the road||20 EUR
25 euros (speckled alternative)
|USB-C . port||15 EUR|
|lower speaker||20 EUR|
|Above loudspeaker for telephony||15 EUR|
|rear cameras||80 EUR|
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