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Fairphone 3 is a modular, ethical smartphone with mid-range specs

What you need to know

  • Fairphone 3 is the latest ethical smartphone released by Fairphone, a social enterprise company.
  • The phone is made using recycled materials and features a modular design.
  • Fairphone 3 can now be pre-ordered on the company's website for €450 ($500).

Nearly three years after the launch of the Fairphone 2, Fairphone today announced its latest sustainable phone, the Fairphone 3. The new Fairphone 3, according to the company, is its "newest response to the growing demand for a more ethical, reliable and sustainable phone."

Fairphone's latest smartphone has a modular design and is said to be extremely easy to repair. We have no reason to doubt that claim, as the Fairphone 2 received a 10/10 repairability score from iFixit.

The company is also using recycled and fairly sourced materials to build the phone, putting people and the planet first. Fairphone is also rewarding buyers with cash back of up to €40 if they send their old phone for recycling in select countries.

Moving on to the tech specs, Fairphone 3 has a relatively small 5.65-inch display with Full HD+ resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The phone has a single 12MP camera at the rear with Dual Pixel PDAF and an f/1.8 aperture. For selfies, it has an 8MP snapper on the front. Fueling the Fairphone 3 is a 3,000mAh removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Fairphone 3 is now available for pre-order on the Fairphone website for €450 ($500). The smartphone will begin shipping in Europe starting mid-September.

Fairphone 3

The Fairphone 3 is an ethical and sustainable phone designed for people who care for the planet. Unlike other modern phones, the Fairphone 3 is easy to repair as well. All you need is a single screwdriver to make it last with replaceable modules.

Babu Mohan
News Writer
8 Comments
  • Doesnt modular mean you can add 'mods' to it? I dont see any mention of that in the post
  • No, it doesn't. Modular means that the parts are easily swappable modules like the graphics card or a stick of RAM in a PC. Despite the misuse by a few phone manufacturers from a few years ago it has nothing to do with proprietary accessories.
  • ? Maybe I did not write that out correctly Either way adding mods or swapping out parts to me are interchangeable. I did not see any mention in article about how users can do this. How can I swap out parts on this device and what parts are swappable?
  • Go to their web site and you will have all your questions answered.
  • As examples, the display is a module. If you break your screen, you replace your display module. The camera is a module. If your camera gets damaged, you replace your camera module. As stated in the article, this is accomplished using a device called a "screwdriver".
  • Thanks. I guess swapping out parts is not the same as upgrading parts.
  • I like this. A lot. As a concept, unfortunately I'm probably too much of tech head to actually use one. More companies... All companies, could learn a lot from these.
  • I want one