Fairphone

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Fairphone
Fairphone logo.png
Fairphone back inside sim slots 03.jpg
Compatible networks GSM 850 900 1800 1900
WCDMA 900 2100
Type smartphone
Form factor slate
Dimensions 126.0 mm (4.96 in) H
63.5 mm (2.50 in) W
10 mm (0.39 in) D
Weight 170 g (6.0 oz)
Operating system Android 4.2.2 with specific extensions (Fairphone OS)
Root access yes
CPU MediaTek MTK6589 (quad-core) 1.2 GHz
Memory 1 GB
Storage 16 GB
Removable storage microSD up to 64 GB
Battery 2000 mAh
Display 4.3 in (110 mm) diagonal IPS LCD 960×540 px qHD 256 ppi supporting 16M colours
External display Dragontrail glass
Rear camera 8 MP AF (stabilization + image sensor)
Front camera 1.3 MP
SAR 0.318 W/kg
Website www.fairphone.com
References Specifications
Fairphone, with the back lid removed. Removable battery, dual SIM slots and one SDHC card slot are visible.

Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The company is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is supported by the Waag Society (nl), a foundation that aims to foster experimentation with new technologies, art and culture. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals (which in smartphones are typically gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten) and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.

History and mission[edit]

Fairphone was founded as a social enterprise in January 2013 after having existed as a campaign for two and a half years. The company's website states that their mission is to "bring a fair smartphone to the market – one designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet".[1] Fairphone, however, acknowledges that it will not be possible to produce a 100% fair phone yet, but by aiming toward this end seeks to raise awareness among consumers and in the mobile industry.

2013: first production batch[edit]

  • The project raised money for the initial batch of phones through pre-orders, reaching the required 5,000 on 5 June 2013.[2] It sold the entire initial production run of 25,000 handsets on 13 November 2013,[3] nearly a month in advance of the revised mid-December release date.[4]

2014: second production batch and partnerships[edit]

  • iFixit announced in April 2014 a partnership with Fairphone, to offer owners self-repair guides.[5]
  • A second production run of 35,000 phones was released for sale on 21 May 2014.[6]
  • 3D Hubs and Fairphone partnered in July 2014 to offer locally produced 3D printed cases.[7]
  • In September 2014 The Phone Co-op announced itself to be the UK's sole stockist of Fairphone's second batch handset.[8][9]

2015: development of the Fairphone 2[edit]

In February 2015, Fairphone announce their new production partner, Hi-P, after a selection process detailed on their blog.[10]

Replicant[edit]

In November 2013, one of the developers of Replicant wrote a blog post in which they said that Replicant could work on the Fairphone and the bootloaders (that are not part of the operating system) may even be free software. The Fairphone team seemed "definitely interested" in helping get Replicant running on the device.[11]

Awards[edit]

Fairphone won the award for fastest growing European tech startup at The Next Web conference in April 2015.[12] Other nominees included Freespee (Sweden), YPlan (UK), Uplike (France), PackLink (Spain), Blacklane (Germany), and Festicket (UK).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Company profile
  2. ^ Mier, Joe. "5,000 Fairphones sold! Let’s start production!". Fairphone Blog. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "First Fairphone Sells Out". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Production Update: Delivery Timeline". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ iFixit and Fairphone – Fixing The Cell Phone Problem, iFixit e-mail of April 3, 2014 (web version)
  6. ^ Morgan, Pinder. "Fairphone – Ethics Meets Technology". Capital Technologies. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  7. ^ van de Weerd, Roos. "Launching Fairphone 3D-printed cases with 3D Hubs". Fairphone. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Phone Co-op offers UK's first ethical smartphone". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 15 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Ravenscroft, Fiona. "Fairphone: a review". The Phone Co-op blog. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "The path to finding our new production partner: Hi-P". Fairphone Blog. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  11. ^ About the Fairphone, in the official Replicant blog.
  12. ^ Van Wijhe, Jelle. "Tech5: Fairphone named Europe’s fastest-growing startup of 2015". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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