October 22, 2021

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Fairphone 4 comes with better standards and a 5-year warranty

Fairphone Company Foot The new model of the Fairphone 4 smartphone, which is once again riding the wave of the sustainable electrical engineering industry. The device is made of recycled materials and thanks to the modular construction, the customer can repair it himself if necessary.

Verfone 4 It is a better smartphone in many areas. Powered by the latest Snapdragon 750G chipset with 5G connectivity, it has a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD screen, which protects Gorilla Glass 5, and doesn’t lack 6/8GB of RAM or 128/256GB of storage.

The battery has a capacity of 3905 mAh and supports 30W Charging Charging 4. The main camera features 48 MP with optical image stabilization, while recording is max. 4K video at 30 frames per second. It also has a 48MP sensor attached to an ultra-wide lens.

Photo: Fairphone

It is supplemented by the ToF sensor that records information about the depth of the scene. At the front, in a small notch, is placed a 25-megapixel camera. It has Fairphone 4 3.5 mm jack. The manufacturer got rid of it due to the high resistance declared by IP54 protection.

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Photo: Fairphone

Durability is not the highest in its class, but the smartphone has a removable back cover, which does not allow a more accurate seal against water and dust. The smartphone is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor (on the side), an NFC chip, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi, GPS, or support for two SIM cards (eSIM + physical SIM).

Support and Sustainability

Looking at the specifications, the Fairphone 4 looks like an ordinary and not exceptional mid-range smartphone. However, it is different from commercial competition. Smartphone manufacturer provides 5-year warranty and long-term technical support. In addition to updating to Android 12 and 13, it should also get Android 14 and 15 in the future.

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But Quaclomm is officially preparing its chipsets for 3 major OS updates and 4 years of security patches. Thus, the manufacturer will need an exception to the rule, which should not be a problem.

Fairphone 2 received from 2015 In March of this year Update to Android 9, while entering the market with Android 5. Had to wait for the update, but it finally came. The development delayed the Google certification process, which the system had to go through to include the Play Store and related services.

Verfone 4
Photo: Fairphone

In terms of modularity, Fairphone 4 is divided into several sections. The company sells 8 sets of parts that include displays, batteries, covers, USB-C connectors, speakers, headphones, rear and front cameras.

These parts are attached to the construction using standard Philips screws. If the consumer breaks the screen, he simply removes it and replaces it with a new one that he buys directly from the manufacturer. If he does not dare to repair it, he can contact any service.

In addition, sustainability is supported by the materials used. The back cover is made of recycled plastic. Aluminum, tungsten, gold and other metals come from suppliers who care about safe working conditions and the lowest possible environmental burden.

Verfone 4
Photo: Fairphone

According to the manufacturer, the Fairphone 4 will be the first smartphone with a neutral path in the context of e-waste. For every item sold, the company recycles one smartphone or the corresponding amount of e-waste.

Fairphone 4 isn’t the cheapest, but it’s built to last for consumers. Gray base model (6/128 GB) is available in Europe sell NS €579. Model with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB ROM Situations €649.

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Customer must purchase USB-C cable, 30W adapter and downgrade from USB-C to 3.5mm audio interface separately. Of course, the smartphone packaging is also environmentally friendly. Spare parts can be ordered, just like a smartphone From the Fairphone website.

The pre-sale has already started, and the first parts ordered will arrive to customers at the end of October.