Differences FP3+ and FP4

Hi everyone! Two questions here :

1/ Regarding the reparability and the sustainability, what are the differences and the common features between FP4 and FP3+ ?

2/ What are the main reasons of the big price difference between both ?

Thanks in advance fos your answers!

Hi and welcome to the forum

The FP3 and the FP3+ are basically the same with a slight improvement.

The FP4 is a whole different phone with larger screen better CPU, more RAM, more memory, three cameras, 5G enabled etc. >>> Price increase.

For details look at the specs in the Fairphone shop.

Thank you, I already have those elements though, that"s why I specified :“Regarding the reparability and the sustainability” :slight_smile:

I wonder also if the big difference in the price is mainly du to 5G (something that I don’t want)

Very little different and the cost is as explained a number of upgrades not just 5G

It’s also a new phone and the FP3+ has been around for 2 years.

All your questions can be answered by reading multiple posts.

Repairability, well the USB port is separate etc. all this can be discovered again by reading posts.

You are really asking vague questions, I suggest you read more

Sustainability, what are you wanting to sustain? Sustainability is not a human/global/universal trend, whatever is sustained is always at the expense of something else. As the main issue seems to be cost is that what you are really concerned about? > How about the 5 year warranty.

Fair-trade and fair wages sustain other people in their ability to consume, which in turn puts more pressure on other resources.

The FP4 is a more technologically advanced phone, which you seem to know. FP4 is a small company and developing phones is proportionally more expensive process.

All the above has been mentioned multiple times, so it would seem either you haven’t done your own work at reading the topics or you haven’t really explained what it is you want.

You had better see the official videos, this is only a user forum, with opinions.

The original FP3 was released in 2019 while the FP4 got released in 2021.
So naturally the newer one will get you a longer support window / spare parts availability / software updates etc.

Price differences come down to better components mostly, 5G is only one part of that. You might not want it now, but it will ensure a longer possible life for your phone. I had to give up my previous (still working) phone because of the 3G sunset…


I see the five-year warranty as a major difference that partly explains the price. Long software maintenance too.

And I strongly agree that 5G will be necessary to prolong the phone’s useful life.

All these are factors that improve the phone’s sustainable quality because it won’t need to be replaced so soon. The most sustainable phone is the phone you don’t buy (and that didn’t get made).


Thanks for your answer! :slight_smile:

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Thank you for sharing your point of vue! :slight_smile:

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I’m going to add the FP4 has 14 materials sourced fairly up from 10 for the FP3+ (or at least, that is their goal according to their last impact report). The display connects through a ribbon cable which makes it more sturdy and resistant to shocks and display connection issues, but a little more difficult to open. It is also is more modular, containing 5 modules (because USB-C plug became independant) instead of 4. It has an IP54 certification.
This shows Fairphone improve the sustainibility and repairability with each new model.

As said already, I think mainly because FP intended the FP4 as a higher end phone than the FP3.

Edit: mistakes


Thank you, it gives me a better understanding! So I hope it’ll last at least ten years! :slight_smile:

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