Fairphone has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Fairphone 5, which the company claims is the most sustainable smartphone yet. This release is poised to revolutionize the smartphone industry by setting new standards for sustainability and fairness.

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What sets the Fairphone 5 apart? It’s crafted using 70% fair and recycled materials, and the workers receive a fair wage. Plus, when you’re done with your old phone, you can use the Fairphone box to send it back for recycling – just one of the ways this company champions eco-friendliness.

But the Fairphone 5 isn’t just about now; it’s for the long haul. With a generous 5-year warranty and software support lasting until at least 2031, it’s designed to stand the test of time, potentially even a decade. Right out of the box, it offers Android 13, with the promise of at least 5 future OS updates.

What’s truly remarkable is its repairability. All you need is a Phillips head screwdriver to tackle any of the ten user-replaceable modules. No need for a repair shop; Fairphone and its partners have you covered.

These modules encompass the impressive 6.46″ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a punch-hole selfie camera, and a trio of powerful rear cameras. The main camera boasts 50MP, while the ultra-wide can focus as close as 2.5cm for stunning macro shots. And there’s even a Time of Flight sensor for added depth perception.


Under the hood, a Qualcomm QCM 6490 chipset ensures longevity and performance akin to the Snapdragon 778G. It arrives with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card.

Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and 5G support, though North America’s release remains unconfirmed.

With a larger 4,200mAh battery and 30W fast charging, the phone keeps you powered up all day, and swapping the battery is a breeze. Yet, it forgoes wireless charging for simplicity.

In terms of connections, USB-C 3.0 handles both charging and data duties. Regrettably, the 3.5mm headphone jack no longer exists, but on the bright side, stereo speakers are now onboard.

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Fairphone 5 Specifications

Display: 6.46″ FHD+ (1224 x 2700 pixels) 90Hz OLED display, 16.7 million colors, 20:9 aspect ratio, 880 nits peak brightness

Processor: Up to 2.7 GHz Qualcomm QCM 6490 octa-core SoC with Adreno 642L GPU

Memory and Storage: 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM; microSD up to 2TB (SD 3.0)

Camera: 50MP Main sensor (1/1.56″ sensor, f/1.88 aperture); 50MP Sony IMX 858 Ultra-wide sensor (f/2.2 aperture)

Front Camera: 50MP (1/2.76″ sensor, f/2.45 aperture)

Software: Android 13, 8 years of support and five major Android OS updates

Durability: IP55 rated, Drop Test: ICE 60058-2-31 was passed 1.8m, Military test MIL-810H was passed 1.5m

Dimensions: (HxWxD): 162mm x 75.5mm x 10.5mm

Connectivity: 5G, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ax (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.2 + LE, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou, USB Type-C

Battery: 4200mAh (replaceable); 50% charge in 30 min with minimum 30W charger

Warranty: Up to 5 years

Fairphone 5 Price and Availability

The Fairphone 5 is priced at €700/£620 which is a bit more expensive than its predecessor, which was at €580/£500. It is available for pre-order now from the Fairphone website in Europe.

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The phone comes in color options such as Matte Black, Sky Blue, or the brand-new Transparent edition. Shipping commences on September 14, but if you fancy the Sky Blue version, you’ll have to wait until the end of September.


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