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The Fairphone 3, the updated ethical smartphone for 2019

The last that we witnessed the Fairphone 2 has been a story of four years ago. But the company’s quest to build the ultimate ethical smartphones can never be left aside in anyways.

With a positive note, the company brings us to the new and upgraded Fairphone 3, which offers improved specifications with an untainted commitment to sustainable and responsible phone development.

Similar to the previous Fairphone handsets, the new model is built with a sustainable environment in mind. It has been made up of tin and tungsten from conflict-free regions to discourage any sale benefit to armed groups, Fairtrade-certified gold, and recycled plastic and copper.

The phone is modular like its predecessors, which means repairing should be straightforward, and you’ll be able to correct the Fairphone 3 rather than having to buy a whole new replacement, cheers to another eco-friendly practice!  It’ll be packed in sustainable and reusable packaging too.

You probably won’t be buying Fairphone 3 only for its specs, but here they are anyway: a 5.7-inch Full HD display, a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a single-lens 12 MP rear camera, trade-in front camera, 64 GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), and a 3,000 mAh battery that Fairphone says improves on the previous model. The Fairphone runs on Android 9 Pie.

The Fairphone 3 is built to be modular, so various components – like the battery – can be easily replaced.

In a nod to sustainability, that battery is also replaceable  – something you rarely see with smartphones nowadays – so you can swap it out for a new one if it starts to degrade, rather than replacing the entire handset. You can pre-order a Fairphone 3 direct from Fairphone now for roughly US$500, with shipping in the first week of September. The phone will also be available through select carriers in Europe.

Additionally, Fairphone informed that it is working with assembly partner Arima to improve the condition of working in the supply chain which covers their health, safety, and remuneration.

In a move to try and keep e-waste down to a minimum, Fairphone is going to run recycling programs in various regions, so you can trade-in your older handset.

To express in the words of Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens, The company has envisioned an economy where consideration for people and the planet is a natural part of doing business.

They are creating scalable and replicable models in their impact areas for the industry and improvement in the supply chain and products step by step.

The company knows that it cannot do this alone or overnight. To make lasting change possible it needs to transform the industry.

The strongest signal that can be sent is that there is a market for more sustainable products, which is why the Fairphone 3 has been developed to be a real sustainable alternative on the market.

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Louis Bruno

louis have been writing about tech since 2014 after spending 10 years in a computer research lab studying and improving the future of computers. He watches Netflix sci-fi with his pet, Casey enjoying snacks.

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