A new Android smartphone called the FairPhone has reached its funding goal and will be going into production soon. The company is tackling issues that many manufacturers and consumers turn a blind eye too, namely the use of conflict metals and waste caused by hyper consumption of electronics. The FairPhone is looking to change the mentality of electronics being disposable by promising sustainable production of a quality device using conflict-free materials, with specs that will keep the device pertinent for longer than most smartphones.
“You can change the way products are made, starting with a single Phone. Together, we’re opening up the Supply Chain, and redefining the Economy – one step at a time.”
Although the FairPhone is by no means looking to dominate the market, it will be pitted against the likes of flagship smartphones such as the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. It is touting pretty decent specs, which are as follows:
- Network Type GSM850/900/1800/1900MHZ
- WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- OS Android 4.2
- Chipset MTK6589 (quad-core) 1.2 Ghz
- System Memory 16GB + 1GB (RAM)
- Dimensions (mm) 123*64.5*9.8mm
- Primary Screen 4.3 qHD (960×540 pixels)
- Glass Dragontrail Glass
- Primary Camera 8MP AF (stabilization + image sensor)
- Secondary Camera 1.3 megapixels
- Battery 2000mAh (Replaceable battery)
- Weight 165 g
- SAR rating (indication) 0.318 W/Kg
- Headphones/Charger Not included by default (good for environment!)
The device will come without excessive packaging, with every element of the device chosen carefully to ensure high performance not only now, but in the future as well.
The FairPhone is open to pre-orders in Europe now, with shipment of the device beginning in the fall. It is currently priced at €325,00, which is a great price for an unlocked phone with an impressive spec sheet.