Fairphone, which describes itself as “a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics”, released the first details of Fairphone 2, its second smartphone, which it says features a “game changing modular architecture for increased longevity and repairability”.
The company, established in 2013, has produced and sold 60,000 first edition devices, for “buyers who believe that their purchases can contribute to a fairer economy”. Last year, it “took a major step in its strategy” with an investment in an original design, giving it better oversight of its supply chain and the ability to increase transparency and positive social impact.
Fairphone 2 boasts an “innovative back cover” which protects the phone without the use of an additional case. Users can open the device, remove the battery and “explore the different ‘layers’ of the phone”, and it can be disassembled to allow owners to repair the most commonly broken parts themselves, including the screen, camera, speaker and receiver.
The device has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. It includes 4G connectivity, 8MP main camera, and 32GB of storage, with microSD expansion slot.
It also has dual-SIM support.
In its current form, the device runs Android 5.1, but Fairphone said that it “plans to collaborate with developers to offer users more choice and control over the operating system”.
The company said that in the coming months, it will continue to release additional information, including a cost breakdown and an expanded list of suppliers. It will again use a pre-order model for the initial sales, “asking customers to pay for their phones in advance to help finance production and ensure Fairphone’s independence”.
The retail price will be €525 including VAT, and during 2015 it will only be available in Europe.