A Dutch startup Fairphone has recently announced the second version of its smartphone that is due to appear later this year. It’s a great news for those of us looking for something different from conventional mobile devices. It will add to a line-up of modular phones that also promise to make their debut later in 2015, among them long-awaited Google’s Project Ara and Puzzlephone.
As the name suggests, the phone is a manifestation to “fair” manufacturing, free of “conflict” materials from zones of labor exploitation. An average phone contains about 40 minerals, many of which are derived from troublesome areas (i.e. DRC). Fairphone strives for alternative solutions that are based on social accountability and support working communities.
The phone is designed to empower users. Durability and longevity are the concern of its founders. The extended lifespan comes from improved reparability where the owner can change the parts of the phone themselves in an easy and fun manner. Fairphone hardware will come as an open platform and provide developers essential tools to install or design their own software.
The device houses the following specs: 5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3, Аndroid 5.1 ( Lollipop), 32 GB internal storage, expandable storage via MicroSD slot, dual SIM, 4G LTE/3G/2G, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM. It’s an impressive stack of features capable of playing along most of your needs. What makes the phone all the more attractive is the ability to swap modules.
The project promises to become an utter success when Fairphone 2 is revealed. The first version managed to sell more than 60 000 units back in 2013. By buying the phone you will, to rephrase the company’s idea, join the movement of ethical community of buyers who cherish the environment and respect human rights.