Fairphone 2 debuts with a modular design based on “social values”


Amsterdam-based company Fairphone has just released its new version of its environmentally friendly modular smartphone, the Fairphone 2.

Conflict minerals that are extensively used in the mobile tech industry have been the cause of concern for many welfare and human rights organizations due to the poor and extremely harsh working conditions that miners suffer from while mining them. Fairphone’s goal was to produce a smartphone with “social values”, supporting conflict-free minerals and a safe working environment at all levels of manufacturing.

Another particularity of the Fairphone 2 is its highly modular design that lets users easily unscrew the device apart to replace components by ordering new ones. The processor, camera, and even the microphone can be replaced on the Fairphone 2, which according to the company, allows users to keep their device longer by simply swapping parts when wanting performance improvements. Unlike Google’s project Ara, the Fairphone 2 looks like a traditional phone however everything can be swapped out kind of like a desktop computer.

Here are the specs of the Fairphone 2:

  • 5-inch display (1920×1080) with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 32GB of internal storage​ with microSD card slot
  • Android​​ 5.1 Lollipop
  • Dual-SIM support

Fairphone is a promising smartphone start up whose concept looks ahead of the smartphone industry, values social morals and ethics and by doing so, hopes to build a better future. The Fairphone 2 will be available in Europe starting Autumn 2015 at a relatively high price tag of  €525. (partly due to the high cost of conflict-free minerals)

Pre-orders for the Fairphone 2 will open this summer.

Source: Fairphone

About the Author: Tony Pilato

Tony is an international student from Greece, currently a sophomore majoring in global business and minoring in biology at the University of Redlands in California. He attended a private American international school for 7 years, and has always been determined to move to the US. He loves all sorts of technology which explains his interest for Android and the rapidly changing world of the smartphone industry. His first Android smartphone was the Galaxy Nexus, followed by the Galaxy Note 3. He also owns a Nexus 7. In his free time he enjoys working out, going out, watching movies and has a passion for traveling. Now independent and living far away from home, he hopes to make it on his own in the US.