So today Fairphone officially announces their new phone: The Fairphone 2.
Here are some useful links:
FP official video:
Scroll through this page to find out more about the new phone:
- Some more info on Design
- Technical specifications overview of the Fairphone 2 and detailed specifications
- Here’s a great (and long) blog post from Fairphone’s CTO on the design of their second phone
- Press release (PDF)
- Fairphone 2 Supply Chain
You can check out the prototype of the Fairphone 2 for yourself on one of the hands-ons around Europe.
- New: HANDS ON VIDEO: https://youtu.be/D5Kb6Cyb2Ys (English subtitles)
http://www.golem.de/news/fairphone-2-das-andere-modulare-smartphone-1506-114699.html (The same article was also published on sueddeutsche.de and zeit.de)
What do we know so far?
Screen and dimensions
- 5 inch screen (4,95")
- Gorilla Glass 3
- 1920 x 1080 pixels, 446 ppi
- 11.8 mm thick
- 168 g
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Plans to collaborate with developers to offer users more choice and control over the operating system.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (Qualcomm® MSM8974AB-AB)
- CPU: Quad-Core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Krait 400
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU 578 MHz
- 2GB RAM, LPDDR3 @ 931 MHz
- Main camera
- 8 MP CMOS OmniVision OV8865 image sensor (size: 1/3.2 inch)
- f 2.2
- Pixel Size: 1.4μm x 1.4μm
- Front camera
- 2MP CMOS Omnivision OV2685 (size: 1/5 inch)
- f 2.8
- 1.75μm x 1.75μm
- 32 GB internal storage
- SD expandable (SDHC, SDXC, UHS): up to 2TB capacity
- 2420 mAh at 3.8V (9.2 Wh)
- Maxell li-ion battery
- Dual SIM, dual standby: 2x Micro-SIM (3FF)
- Quad-band: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- 3G WCDMA: Bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 8 (900 MHz)
- Maximum download speed: Cat. 24 - 42.2 Mbps
- Maximum upload speed: Cat. 7 - 11.5 Mbps
- 4G LTE Advanced (worldwide mode) (Additional Sources: 1)
- Bands 3 (1800 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 20 (800 MHz)
- Maximum download speed: Cat. 4 - 150 Mbps
- Maximum upload speed: Cat. 4 - 50 Mbps
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac) (2,4 & 5GHz band) (Additional Sources:1,3)
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Location GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Maybe also BeiDou satellites (Additional Sources:1,2)
- No USB-C, but it might be possible to replace/update that part later on.
- Shockproof: designed to survive multiple 1.85m high drops on all sides - on concrete!
- No protective case needed (but very thick bezels).
- 5 year life span (aim, no guarantee).
- On-screen buttons.
- On/off button on the side, not on top.
Price and availability
- For sale from November, pre-orders now.
- Estimated 100,000 sales per year.
- € 528.39
- Very easily repairable. Screen replacement without tools, everything replaceable but pcb.
- Fairphone will sell replacement parts, but it seems they might also sell upgraded parts in the future.
- “As many recycled materials as possible.”
- Conflict-free tin and tantalum.
- ‘Fair pay for factory workers’
- Possibly/probably: fair-trade gold and tungsten, mostly recycled copper. source
- There will be multiple protective backs to choose from.
- An expansion port, “to connect to additional circuitry in the specially designed outer case through a set of spring-loaded connector (pogo) pins.”
- Not (yet) but might be possible to add later in back covers using the expansion port
- wireless charging
- peripherals (keyboard anyone?)
Speculation based on capabilities of the used platform
- Snapdragon 801 supports Wifi 802.11ac means 5GHz support (in 802.11n, 5GHz was optimal) [confirmed]
- LTE is worldwide using 4G LTE Advanced World Mode, i strongly assume the same is true for 3G, but we will see [confirmed]
- GPS: Snapdragon uses Qualcomms iZat technology, which according to the manufacturer, uses GPS as well as GLONASS satellites. [confirmed]
Sources used other than Fairphone announcement
What we do not know yet
- More fairly mined materials than in FP 1?
- What is the outlook on future software updates? Android M and on?
- Will Fairphone keep the custom OS or go stock Android (if the user chooses Android)?
- Possibility for other OS’s than Android? They’re working on Ubuntu and Sailfish, but nothing is certain yet. Source code which might help to achieve that is to be released soon)
- Cost Breakdown (how much goes to worker welfare and other charities.)
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