Acknowledging the following facts:
- Fairphone now systematically proposes new improved modules for the cameras of their modular phones just a year or two after the launch,
- people want contradictory things (some people want a cheaper phone, other high-end one; some a smaller one, some a bigger one; some with one camera only -even with no front camera- others with several cameras in the back for quality zoom and wide angle, etc…),
- the new “range” business of Fairphone,
- the smartphone industry adding more and more cameras and bigger and bezel-less screens,
it comes to my mind, if they want to grow and reach new customers, who still care about the environment and better working conditions, but are more picky on tech specs or such details as size and price, they should release two Fairphone 4 at the same moment next time:
- a smaller version (“FP4”), for those who want smaller and a cheaper one, with a middle range chipset & processor like the Snapdragon 600 series, and space for only one camera in the back only (which could be either cheaper or more high-end), cheaper LCD screen with lower resolution, mono speaker…
- a bigger version (“FP4+”?), for those who want a bigger screen and have more money, with a higher range chipset & processor (SD700-800 series) for gaming and new apps, and space for several cameras in the back (maybe even compatible with the smaller FP4) starting with one, but available to add a second one and/or even a third one (wide angle & optical zoom), higher resolution OLED screen, stereo speaker, etc…
It could be interesting to leave the choice of which camera, which screen to put, to the customer before buying it, to extend the concept of modularity to its fullest and avoid waste of modules. Or release them one by one every year? To keep the hype on the same phone from a year to another?
What do you think of all this?