The folks at Fairphone have been offering smartphones built from ethically-sourced components since late 2013. But in all that time the company has only actually shipped two models.

Now a third is on the way.

Evan Blass posted an image of the upcoming Fairphone 3 to Twitter about a week after a listing for the phone showed up at the Bluetooth SIG website.

While detailed specs aren’t available yet, the image shows a phone with a fingerprint sensor on the back, a single rear camera with an LED flash, and a single front camera next to a speaker.

The rear cover of the phone also appears to be semi-transparent, although it’s possible that’s just a design etched into the rear cover.

Fairphone is a social enterprise based in Amsterdam that was formed with the goal of producing smartphones while avoiding some of the labor practices and use of materials from conflict zones that other phone makers have been criticized for.

The original Fairphone was released in December, 2013 and it was followed the Fairphone 2 in December, 2015. The second model features a modular design that makes components easier to replace, repair, or upgrade, which theoretically allows customers to hold onto a phone longer — but the Fairphone 2 is currently sold out and the last major software update for the device was released in November, 2018.

It’s likely that the new model will follow many of the design principles of its predecessors, while offering updated features (the fingerprint sensor is new, for one thing).

There’s no word on a price or release date yet, but according to a report from French site Les Mobiles last month, Fairphone is expected to announce its next phone in late August.

via Android Authority

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3 replies on “Fairphone 3 coming soon (ethically sourced materials, modular design)”

  1. Let’s hope this includes a user replaceable battery. For me that’s becoming a differentiating feature!

    1. Sad but true, at this point if “modular” means “user-replaceable batter and sd card support” that would still be quite attractive.

      1. Also, if the USB-C and Headphone Jack ports are not soldered unto the Main/Motherboard. Plus maybe other things like the fingerprint scanner, wireless charger, and if the screen is not glued unto the glass/body. So that these individual components can be replaced when they break.

        As for upgrades?
        Just get a new phone after 1-5 years depending, we don’t necessarily need the modularity to be that powerful/complex like on a Desktop PC* because we are facing a bigger threat now: Planned Obsolescence/Monopoly/Price Jacking.

        *Where you can change anything from the mouse, keyboard, speakers, microphone, camera, monitor, case, switches, ports, lighting, fans, power supply, storage, memory, gpu, cpu, motherboard, and software… when compared to something like a MacBook.

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