The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone with a modular design that makes it easy to repair (and possibly easy to upgrade in the future). It’s also built from ethically-sourced materials.
As the name suggests, this is the second smartphone from the Fairphone team, and it’s generated a lot of buzz for not only avoiding use of materials from conflict zones, but also for its modularity.
The first batch to go out is pretty small: Fairphone says about 200 phones will go out in the first group, with about 800 more coming in a second batch. If you order a phone in December, it should ship in January.
This isn’t necessarily a phone that’s going to appeal to everyone: the Fairphone 2 has the specs of a good 2013 era smartphone, but it’s priced like a 2015 flagship.
For €529 (about $575) you get an Android 5.1 phone with a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, and 4G LTE. The OnePlus X has similar specs, but sells for less than half the price.
But some folks are willing to pay a premium for a phone that’s easy to upgrade and which is manufactured using ethically-sourced materials. A portion of the sales price also goes to a worker welfare fund for the people that assemble the hardware.