Fairphone 3

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Fairphone 3 & Fairphone 3+
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First releasedSeptember 3, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-03)
PredecessorFairphone 2
SuccessorFairphone 4[1]
Form factorSlate
Dimensions158 mm (6.2 in) H
71.8 mm (2.83 in) W
9.89 mm (0.389 in) D
Mass189 g (6.7 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 9 "Pie" (Fairphone 3) / Android 10 "Queen Cake" (Fairphone 3+ and Fairphone 3 upgradable) / Android 11 "Red Velvet Cake" (Fairphone 3+ and Fairphone 3 upgradable)
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 632
CPU4 + 4 cores (1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold + 1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 506
Memory4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB
Removable storagemicroSD
Battery3060 / 3000mAh Li-ion
Display5.65 in (144 mm) diagonal IPS LCD 1080×2160 px FullHD+ 427 ppi
Rear cameraFP3: 12 MP ƒ/1.8 Sony IMX363 Exmor CMOS sensor[2] with dual-LED flash
FP3+: 48 MP (12 MP effective output) ƒ/1.79 Samsung ISOCELL GM1 CMOS sensor (Fairphone 3+)[3] with dual-tone LED flash[4]
Front camera8 MP (ƒ/2) (Fairphone 3) / 16 MP (ƒ/2) (Fairphone 3+)
Connectivity2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE): 850/900/1,800/1,900 MHz
3G (HSPA+): 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Wi-Fi: 2.4/5.0 GHz, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth: 5.0 LE
Wi-Fi Hotspot
USB-C with support for USB OTG
OtherAccelerometer, gyrometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, dual SIM
FP3: 0.388 W/kg
FP3+ 0.411 W/kg
FP3 & FP3+: 1.405 W/kg
FP3 & FP3+: 2.537 W/kg
ReferencesSpecification of FP3[5]

The Fairphone 3 and 3+ are touchscreen-based smartphones made by Fairphone.[6][7] The phone has a modular, repairable design[8] and is "constructed out of responsibly-sourced, conflict-free, and recycled materials where possible".[9] It went on sale on 3 September 2019.[10] It comes with Android 9 "Pie".[11] installed

The phone has a FullHD+ screen (2160 × 1080 pixels) with Gorilla Glass, 12 MP rear camera, 3,000 mAh battery, 64 GB storage with microSD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 4 GB RAM, 8 MP front camera (16 MP on Fairphone 3+), NFC and dual SIM.[10] At launch the Fairphone 3 retailed at £408.[10]

The Fairphone 3+, launched in August 2020, has upgraded front and rear cameras and speaker module, which available to upgrade the FP3. The improved audio though largely comes from the new core module in the FP3+ and is not upgradable as this is IEMI related.

The Fairphone 3+ also shipped with Android 10 "Queen Cake" and an increase in the amount of recycled plastic it contains.

Ethical manufacturing and sustainable materials[edit]

Fairphone 3 "has been manufactured in a factory that pays the local living wage".[10] "The tin and tungsten used in its construction is conflict free, the gold is Fairtrade, and the copper and plastics are recycled."[9]

Modular design[edit]

The individual modules in an opened Fairphone 3

The phone's modular design—it is constructed out of seven modules—makes it easier to repair than most smartphones.[9][12][13] The rear of the phone can be removed without using tools.[12] Having removed the rear, the battery can be lifted out and replaced.[9][12] Using a regular Phillips #00 screwdriver, the display is easily removed and the modules are held in using only press fit sockets.[12] The motherboard, containing the system on a chip, RAM and storage, can also be easily removed (though the motherboard's individual components would not be easily replaced).[12]


Sophie Charara, writing in Wired, said that the phone's technical specification is "almost identical to the Moto G7, our current recommendation for the best budget phone." She considered it "important" that "the premium for choosing an ethical phone had dropped to below £200" "for the first time".[10]

iFixit gave it a 10 out of 10 repairability score (10 is easiest to repair).[14]

Fairphone 3+[edit]

The Fairphone 3+ was launched in August 2020.[15][16] It has upgraded front and rear cameras, improved audio, an increase in the amount of recycled plastic it contains (40% rather than 9%) and Android 10 “Queen Cake”.[15] The rear camera has a larger sensor, intelligent scene detection and a higher dynamic range.[17] The front camera has a bigger sensor and a higher dynamic range.[18] The new cameras and speaker are alternatively available as modules that can be swapped in the original Fairphone 3.[15]

The audio improvements cannot be achieved purely by a speaker module upgrade. The speaker module is only for the rear/side speaker and output is only improved if the new core module for the FP3+ is used.[19]

Fair trade: wages[edit]

Building on its Worker Welfare Fund, Fairphone is in the process of rolling out bonus pay to Taiwan-based Arima's factory of 500 workers in Suzhou, China where Fairphone's devices are manufactured. The bonus will be paid to bring wages up to living wages and while initially it was going to be paid only to workers on the Fairphone line, after discussions with workers and management "they indicated that it's a better idea to spread the bonus over the whole company to avoid tensions." There's also a second bonus fund, which takes the form of a "higher product price to Arima" for making progress on working conditions and worker satisfaction.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Fairphone 4 could teach Apple a thing or two". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Fairphone 3 hands-on: Modular, repairable, five years of support. What gives?". Android Authority. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Fairphone's new flagship, the 3+, costs just €70 as a modular upgrade". TechCrunch. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Fairphone 3+ hands-on review". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Fairphone 3". Fairphone. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Fairphone 3 is a normal smartphone with ethical shine". Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Fairphone 3 is the 'ethical' smartphone you might actually buy". Engadget. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  8. ^ Speed, Richard. "Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?". www.theregister.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d Porter, Jon (27 August 2019). "Fairphone updates its ethical smartphone for 2019". The Verge. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Charara, Sophie (27 August 2019). "The Fairphone 3 actually has 2019 smartphone specs". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 11 October 2019 – via www.wired.co.uk.
  11. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (18 September 2019). "Fairphone 3 review: the most ethical and repairable phone you can buy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 October 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  12. ^ a b c d e Anderson, Tim (27 August 2019). "Want an ethical smartphone? Fairphone 3 is on the way – but tiny market share suggests few care". www.theregister.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Is the Fairphone 3 the most sustainable smartphone on the market?". Evening Standard. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  14. ^ Humphries, Matthew (11 September 2019). "iFixit Awards Fairphone 3 a Perfect 10 for Repairability". PCMag UK. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  15. ^ a b c "Fairphone 3+ review: ethical smartphone gets camera upgrades". The Guardian. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Fairphone updates its ethical, modular phone with new cameras". Engadget. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Fairphone 3 Camera+ Module (48MP)". Fairphone. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Fairphone 3 Top+ Module (16MP)". Fairphone. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Audio "enhancements" for FP3+". 29 November 2020.

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