Fairphone 3 launches as a sustainable smartphone alternative that supports easy module repairs

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Dutch company Fairphone has unveiled the third version of its sustainable smartphone – Fairphone 3. This new version builds on the company’s vision of creating sustainable but performant devices while also minimizing electronic waste.

Talking about specs, Fairphone 3 has all specifications of a modern 2019 smartphone. This sustainable smartphone has a 5.7-inch 1080×2160 18:9 touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 5 on top, it runs on the Snapdragon 632 SoC, has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery with fast charging support. It also runs Android 9 Pie and has a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP selfie shooter, dual-SIM functionality, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and 4G network support.

Most importantly, Fairphone 3 contains 7 modules, which have been designed to support easy repairs in support of Fairphone’s goals for long-lasting and


sustainable phones. It also ships in sustainable and reusable packaging, being delivered with its own protective bumper. The company revealed that you can save 30% of CO2 emissions or more by just maintaining the Fairphone 3 to last longer. The sustainable smartphone is made with responsibly sourced and conflict-free tin and tungsten, recycled copper and plastics, and sources Fairtrade gold. The phone also supports collection programs in countries like Ghana. To combat e-waste, it will reward buyers for using Fairphone’s recycle program to return their previous phones.

Not just reducing electronic waste, Fairphone is also working to make its supply chain fairer for all those involved. Fairphone is collaborating with the final assembly partner Arima to improve employee satisfaction by improving worker representation, health, and safety and by paying a bonus to workers with the aim to bridge the gap between minimum and living wages in the factory.

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Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens sums up the company’s goals for Fairphone 3, commenting, “We envision an economy where consideration for people and the planet is a natural part of doing business and according to this vision, we have created scalable ways to improve our supply chain and product. We developed the Fairphone 3 to be a real sustainable alternative on the market, which is a big step towards lasting change. By establishing a market for ethical products, we want to motivate the entire industry to act more responsibly since we cannot achieve this change alone.

Fairphone 3 is available for presale on the company’s official website, for €450. It will be in stock on September 3, when it will be offered across Europe by select retailers and operators.

People appreciated Fairphone 3 as a sustainable smartphone on various social networks.

A Hacker News user posted, “Modular, repairable phone with fair and traceable raw materials (as far as possible). The company is a Dutch social enterprise and constantly creative, innovative and progressing further. Really happy they have been profitable as well and had s successful investment round last year. I followed this project from Fairphone 1 and they really have made impressive progress. FP3 looks great in specs and is with €450 priced a bit better than the previous one.

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