Fairphone is a European based company launched in mid-2013, which was actively involved in developing a modular smartphone. After the launch of the ‘Fairphone’ in the same year, the company has come up with Fairphone 2, with the world’s first practical modular concept for mobiles. The phone is priced at EUR 529.38 (approx Rs. 38,000) and currently the company is giving sales and support for European region only.
With Modular Concept buzz, it doesn’t qualify to be as a competitor for Google’s Project Ara. Fairphone 2 gives users the liberty to easily dismantle and replace the parts of the phone. Users cannot upgrade the parts with new ones, however.
Specifications of Fairphone 2
According to the specifications, Fairphone 2 comes with a 5- inch Full HD LCD TFT display, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. The phone is powered with a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU and Adreno 330 GPU.
The device has an 8MP CMOS shooter at the back and a 2MP Shooter in front. The phone houses a 2,420 mAh battery supports 4G LTE and comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop preinstalled.
Blocks of Fairphone 2
The Fairphone 2 consists of seven major blocks: the back cover, removable battery, display assembly, main chassis, receiver module, rear camera module, and a speaker module. The components that break most often, like the screen, are isolated for better repairing. The components such as a mic or a speaker are press-fit, not glued, and can be extracted with simple tools and replaced easily.
Van Abel, Founder and CEO of Fairphone, said “All our sales were conducted through a website in English, while the biggest market is actually Germany. We didn’t put much effort into selling products, we don’t have a sales team. All we have is our website. We’ve got lot of interest from organizations, for example, the Red Cross. The B2B market is really big for ethical products. I don’t think our market is the whole world, but we don’t need the whole world. We think the market is no less than 150,000 [units] a year, only in Europe.” He also added that the work on the Fairphone 3 will start in January, and in the future new Fairphones will enter the market every two to three years.
The company has tied up with Jolla to release a customized version of the Sailfish OS soon, but until then, the Fairphone 2 would run on Android 5.1.