Fairphone devices have a pretty nice concept behind them – they’re “fairer” than the competition. This means a lower environmental impact than your average smartphone and decent working conditions for the people who manufacture them throughout the supply chain. The Fairphone company is also a strong advocate of the right to repair, and the phones are modular in design to make repair easier and cheaper. The 2019 successor to the Fairphone 3 has now been leaked and shows several improvements over its predecessor.
New renderings come from the German side WinFuture and show the Fairphone 4 in all its glory. Above all, the processing quality is significantly improved. Instead of the usual all-plastic construction, a metal frame is built into the design, and this should help make it look and feel like a higher quality, more stable device. Fairphones are often more expensive than comparable mid-range phones because sustainable practices make them more expensive to manufacture. So it will definitely be appreciated if it feels like it is actually worth its weight.
The back is still plastic, but that makes it more durable. It’s also a necessary compromise since the battery is removable. You read that right: a removable battery in 2021. We expect a 3905 mAh component that is pretty respectable for its changeability and should be able to offer decent but probably not amazing battery life.
Unfortunately, there is also bad news: This time there is no headphone jack to be seen – a shame. The screen has thick bezels and a teardrop notch, which doesn’t make for a cutting-edge look. The fingerprint sensor is also attached to the side – the screen is a Full HD + LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9, so an in-display sensor would not work like some other smartphones.
The latest leaks suggest the presence of Snapdragon 750G, which means 5G support could be expected. For comparison: The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has the same processor, so we probably have a competent mid-range phone here. The new Fairphone will also be equipped with two 48 MP rear cameras: a Sony IMX582 sensor with optical image stabilization, which will act as the main sensor, and a Sony IMX576 sensor for the ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view . Despite the fact that it looks like a triple camera setup, it supposedly isn’t – we have two sensors and a laser autofocus. Look up front for a 25 MP selfie camera.
The Fairphone 4 is due to be announced this Thursday and will be available in 128 and 256 GB storage options (with the option to expand with a microSD card) with 6 GB and 8 GB of RAM, respectively. In terms of price, Fairphones are usually a bit expensive, and we reckon with just under 600 euros.
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This story was based on information from a new report by. updated WinFuture, which covers RAM capacity, battery, cameras and more.