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#1

The Fairphone 2 is modular, so let’s wish for some cool modules. (This is totally unofficial, I don’t even know whether there will be any modules built by fairphone)

Existing Modules

Official FP2 Modules

  • Receiver Module contains:
    • front facing Camera
    • headphone Jack
  • Rear Camera Module
  • Microphone Module contains:
    • Microphone
    • vibration Motor
    • Loudspeaker
    • USB Port
  • Motherboard contains:
    • USB Interface
    • Memory
    • Wifi & Bluetooth Sensor
    • Accelerometer + Gyroscope
    • Processor
  • Battery
  • Frame
  • Display
  • Covers
    • Original Covers
      • black matte
      • black translucent
      • transparent
      • blue translucent
      • blue matte
    • New slim Covers
      • Red
      • Indigo
      • Turquoise
      • White
      • Transparent
      • Black translucent

Community created FP2 Modules

Modules Wishlist

realistic for the FP2

General wishes:

  • cheaper versions of the existing modules with lower specs, to make phone more affordable
  • Future updates to the modules with (then) current components (i.e. better camera, faster processor, more RAM, USB-C etc.)

Specific improvements:

Added features:

  • NFC
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) for the camera; especially to improve taking videos.
  • Fingerprint Sensor

Cover:

  • back with a built in flip-cover
  • not symetric cover (striations on one half) to help guessing how you hold the phone when you don’t see it

Gadgets:

  • Charger for a spare battery.

less realistic for FP2, unsustainable or niche features

  • Alternative hardware components that allow software freedom. E.g. a i.MX6, OMAP4/5 or Allwinner chipset to allow the installation of Replicant. A OMTP Headphone mod. (tiny switch on the PCB) Link to Topic
  • hardware switches for phone service, camera & microphone
  • Hifi sound module replacement (better signal/noise ratio)
  • built in projector
  • MHL (see discussion)
  • alternative E-reader display (discuss here)
  • (extensible) Solar Panel on the backside and/or integrated in the screen
  • a waterproof built-in case (see discussion)
  • Wireless charging
  • programmable remote control (infrared/radio emitter/sensor) e.g. for parking doors, TVs, cameras, …
  • emergency button for elderly people
  • additional sensors: barometer, temperature, sonar, radiation
  • black-light (UV)

Wishes for future Fairphones

  • (internal space for) built-in exchangeable modules

  • support for/of Project Treble (Android Oreo) (discuss here)


Poll: Should Fairphone allow the development of third party hardware modules for FP2?
Any plan for custom parts?
:pencil2: FP2 wishlist vs reality
Component plan fairphone 2
How about FP2 as a kit?
I want FP2 to be waterproof!
New Fairphone 2 camera
:fr: Fairphone 3ème du nom
Fairphone 2: Is it possible to exchange the USB-B with a USB-C port?
Project Treble (Android O)
Long-term usability of Fairphone 2 - Shift5pro as an alternative?
Open hardware / plug'n'play
Poll: Should Fairphone allow the development of third party hardware modules for FP2?
Clearink Display Module
External Battery Charger Needed
FP2: What will happen to the expansion port? What are the plans for it?
Is there an FP2 spare battery charger?
FP2 audio quality
Optical image stabilisator?
Better Camera FP2
Fairphone 2 hardware extensions
Android Alternative to BlackBerry10
FP2 Spare parts at launch
(Intentionally) blocking the Phone's signal
Proud and grateful: Celebrating our crowdfunding success
... my Wishlist for FAIRPHONE III
New FP2 Motherboard
Fairphone 2 hardware extensions
FP2 cracked case after 3 weeks (see first post)
When does FP2 support NFC?
Upgrade potential: MHL?
Wireless charging in the FP2?
Fairphone + Easy 2FA
Fairphone 3 -- Hardware and obsolecence discussion
Backside connector (was: Fairphone with hardware-keyboard (QWERTY possible)?)
Does the Fairphone 2 improve the user experience, regarding GPS, remote control headphones and camera quality?
#2

A larger Backside + bigger Battery would be great!


I have an FP2. Can I install a double battery on my phone?
#3

What exactly do you mean with bigger backside?

I’ll add stronger battery to the list. I don’t think you can replace modules in a modular phone with bigger modules.


#4

A stronger Battery could be larger in its dimensions, so it would extend from the Backside and the original Backcover won’t fit. This leads to a larger backside-cover :wink:


#5

Oooh.
So you want a phone with a hump? :smiley:


#6

Or a huge battery with a hump :smiley:


#7

I remember such batteries for older HTC and Samsungs :slight_smile: They came with a new back cover and were very popular…


#8

I had to research for a picture because I couldn’t really imagine how this would look.

Here it is:


#9

This one should be obvious: Future updates to the modules with (then) current components (i.e. better camera, faster processor, more RAM, etc.)


#10

You are right, that’s probably obvious, but thanks for pointing it out.

I also added E-reader display and solar panel for power saving purposes.


E-ink/e-reader dual/alternative screen (from modules wishlist)
#11

Maybe a back with a built in flip-cover.


split this topic #12

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E-ink/e-reader dual/alternative screen (from modules wishlist)
E-ink/e-reader dual/alternative screen (from modules wishlist)
#22

Would an infrared emitter/sensor back cover be possible? You could use your phone for TVs, sound systems and other stuff :smiley:


#23

It could be nice if there are an alternative mainboard (the central part of the phone) with a totally open chipset. I am sure that this kind of chipset could be lesser powerful if compared to a closed one, but I think that it could be very interesting for a lot of (advanced) users.


#24

@deedend Are you talking about open hardware or about hardware that supports open/free software?
In the first case do you know of a open hardware chipset? In the second case: We don’t know yet how open/closed the source code for the FP2 will be. There is a chance that we will be able to install all kinds of FOSS operating systems on the FP2, so let’s wait until we know more.

@huskers Sorry I meant to answer you sooner: Are you talking about a remote-control with real keys on the back cover? Wouldn’t it be better/easier to simply add a infrared sensor and make an app that can be used as a remote control?


#25

That’s what I meant. Didn’t think about the exact meaning of the English ‘remote control’ when I wrote that post :slight_smile:


#26

[quote=“paulakreuzer, post:24, topic:6846, full:true”]
@deedend Are you talking about open hardware or about hardware that supports open/free software?
In the first case do you know of a open hardware chipset? In the second case: We don’t know yet how open/closed the source code for the FP2 will be. There is a chance that we will be able to install all kinds of FOSS operating systems on the FP2, so let’s wait until we know more.[/quote]

I refer at this answer of Paul Kocialkowski at an user that ask him if there will be a Replicant version for Fairphone; the alternatives could be i.MX6, OMAP4/5 or Allwinner.


#27

I also would appreciate if there will be a fairphone variant with a hardware keyboard (like a integrated slider) in future. It’s much more convenient than a external bluetooth keyboard (or any other wireless connectivity). Especially on travel it’s essential.


#28

I have the feeling that we don’t nearly exploit the full creative potential that the modularity and expandability of Fairphone 2 offer.

Don’t get me wrong: I like the wishlist above and see many sensible wishes. However I deem all of them standard or even boring. Are we not able to come with more creative stuff? :wink:


#29

Like what? A kitchen machine module? A lightsaber module? A teleportation module?