More than two years ago, a phone that claimed to not harm the planet at all in terms of the materials that it was made out of, was revealed to us by an organization who called themselves Fairphone. Today, we were given insight into the Fairphone 2, the next big phone the manufacturer is making. Much like it's predecessor, the Fairphone 2 brings something very unique to the smart phone market. The Fairphone 2 will be the first fully modular Android device to ever be made.
If you are not familiar with the term "modular," it means that certain parts and pieces of the phone are going to be removable, interchangeable and will most likely be able to be fully customized. This fact alone hints towards the Fairphone 2 outlasting most smartphones these days. The simple fact that you will be able to swap out your one faulty or outdated part instead of buying a whole new phone all together, means Fairphone 2 owners will save a lot of money in the long run. This also means the phone will be easy to repair, which is something best left up to experienced repairmen with the smartphones we currently have.
The manufacturer has claimed that the device should essentially last you about 5 years. This is longer than most other smartphones tend to stay relevant in terms of the hardware that they are packing inside. Speaking of hardware, let's talk about what you'll find inside your Fairphone 2. The phone will feature a Snapdragon 801 as its CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 32GB of internal storage with expandable MicroSD storage and to top it all off, a 5-inch HD LCD screen. The Fairphone 2 will start at about €525, which is a fairly high price but due to the lifetime of the product, it may just be well worth it.
Much like the original Fairphone, the new device will also be made exactly like how the original was, meaning it will take into account the environment and worker impacts. The phone should be available for purchase in December with mass production beginning sometime next month. The Fairphone 2 currently has about 20,000 pre-orders but unfortunately, will only be available in a handful of European countries for the time being. Depending on how sales go, the Fairphone 2 may see a North American release sometime in the future. What do you think? Is this phone worth your investment? Do you think it will last 5 years? Leave your thoughts below!