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Fairphone Goes 5G
Fairphone, the Dutch social enterprise, has just announced the launch of its latest device. This is the Fairphone 4 5G which comes with the claim of being more sustainable, repairable and a socially responsible device. Featuring a five-year warranty to encourage users to retain their handset for even longer, the Fairphone 4 5G has been constructed using lessons learned from previous phones including a modular approach with eight spare parts, being available in Fairphone's workshops and worldwide distribution, for easy repair.
The Fairphone 4 5G will be available in a limited choice of colour schemes. You could opt for a grey unit or be slightly more adventurous by going for either green or speckled green when purchasing the more powerful unit. Whichever unit you go for it will have dimensions of 162 x 75.5 x 10.5 mm (H x W x D) and have a weight of 225g. The phone itself offers dual SIM (nano SIM) modes for a choice of private or business connectivity.
Decorating the front of the handset is a 6.3-inch screen. This display delivers a FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels offering 410 ppi. While the handset's rating of IP54 will provide some protection from dust and water splashing, the screen will benefit from the protection offered by Corning Gorilla® Glass 5.
As you would expect, image capturing facilities, for those demanding the ability to supplement their own memory of fleeting moments, have not been forgotten. Built into this handset are features such as a 48MP lens with wide OIS and Phase Detection plus a second 48MP lens with ultra wide capture capabilities and a macro feature. Selfie-lovers are also catered for with a front-mounted 25MP camera so they can capture themselves placed against various backdrops and with an appropriate companion. The Fairphone 4 5G also comes with a dual-tone LED flash.
Internally the Fairphone 4 5G can call on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 750G processor. This is made up of 2 x 2.5 GHz and Kryo 6 x 1.8 GHz with an Adreno 619 GPU. The processor has access to either 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (that is if you want the green or speckled green models). Providing the power to drive these features and facilities, such as WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with dual band, WiFi Direct and hopspot support, is a 3905 mAh battery that supports fast charging 20W giving 50% capacity from 30 minutes of charging.
Sitting between the device and the user will be Android 11. The Fairphone 4 model, software is guaranteed until the end of 2025 which should provide the user with upgrades to Android 12 and Android 13. The company is hopeful of being able to extend its software path up until the end 2027 with could bring upgrades to Android 14 and Android 15. According to Eva Gouwens, CEO of Fairphone, "We want Fairphone 4 to be a device that people enjoy keeping for longer and that sets them apart from the crowd."
As yet I have yet to set eyes or laid hands on a Fairphone 4 5G. I am having to rely on the company for information. Hopefully if I do get the chance to physically check out this handset then I will be able to report back with a review.
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