Waiting for Fairphone 3 or buy another smartphone

Hi Herve, My friend who lives here in the UK (but is from France) would like to buy an FP2. Can you please tell me who in France still sells FP2s?

thanks

Richard

hello

i need a new phone and would like to buy a fairphone but i was told that the fairphone 3 could be available frome September 2019

is that right? is it worth waiting September?

thank you

julie

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Hi julie !
we are being told there are big news coming at the end of august. It’s probably the FP3 but we don’t have more. We don’t know the specs or the build or anything yet.
maybe you can buy a cheap phone (or second-hand) and make-do with it until you figure out what you want ? It’s always good to have a secondary phone anyway, so.

hope i answered your question,

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Keep in mind the following

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The good thing is: discussing a future FP3 at this point in time will not harm sales of the FP2 :wink:

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Yeah, that’s why the FP2 was sold out, and then the second-life-edition too, before announcing anything ^^

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True, fair point. There’s also a second-hand market of FP2. Another reason could be not to create promises which can’t be fulfilled, or to wait with announcing for the right time (hey, they do use Macs at Fairphone and Waag).

I guess you will have to look for a second-hand phone, as the “original stuff” is sold out; at Fairphone as well as at resellers.

Guys, it’s time to face the truth: Fairphone 2 is sold out, Fairphone 3 is not yet announced, so what does a company do if it has nothing to sell?
This means: Fairphone is as dead as can be!

Actually they have already teased a big reveal this summer via newsletter. It seems pretty safe to assume that we will get to know the Fairphone 3 soon. Fairphone is anything but dead.

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i follow discussions about FP3. and i’m certainly interested in any planned features. i’m especially interested to learn if FP3 comes again with smaller screen, similar size as FP1. i had FP1 and happily use my FP2 since it came out. the only complaint is that i miss a smaller screen. no big deal but i’m increasingly fed up with large screens – also on laptops, 11.5" is just fine for me – that occupy too much of my visual field. a personal thing.

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I sure hope the next phone will have DisplayPort/HDMI capability. With my last phone, I could connect the phone to a portable external monitor and basically use it like a laptop. It saved me buying a laptop as well as a phone. Now I need a new phone (I won’t go into why I can’t repair the old one!).

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If it has USB-C it might be possible to use that as output:

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Which phone was that?
Do you mean slimport?

In principle you could connect a phone with an monitor which has a usb connection. Or use a adapter from usb to vga.

Not unless either:

  • The graphics IP inside the SoC is willing to route display information through that USB channel, or
  • The USB-to-VGA converter is really a USB graphics “card” with a VGA output, the smartphone happens to have drivers for this device and Android is willing to use that as a second monitor.

Realistically, the former is the only reasonable way to go, but it’s unclear whether the chosen Qualcomm SoC supports this in practice. Looking at the list of phones that support display-over-USB, none of them seem to contain a mid-range Qualcomm SoC.

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I tend to agree that the situation seems critical for Fairphone. Leaking info and soon announcing a new product is nice and all, but there is no way around the fact that for months they have had nothing to sell to the few potential customers in their niche market. And if past releases are anything to go by, even if and when a product is announced it may be many more months before it is actually available.

I might have been in the market for a new phone (killed my FP2 screen and am generally rather unhappy with the stability of the FP2, so debated if I’d sink another 100€ for a new screen into it). But Fairphone’s track record tells me not to hold my breath for the availability of announced products, let alone unannounced ones.

So my advice to OP and others looking for a phone now would be: If you decide to wait for FP3, be prepared to be patient.

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First: Maybe you can get a used display for less via the marketplace or from on of the #fairphoneangels
Second: My guess would be, that FP has been working on the FP3 for quite some time now; so announcing it equals starting to sell it. One reason I come to this conclusion is the fact, that there have been no OS-updates for the FP2 in a while. Seems to me, they have focused on the new model.
I may be completely wrong of course.

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