Fairphone 2 is a modular smartphone built to last
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Fairphone sold around 60,000 units after it released, and now the company is beginning to outline the features of its next smartphone, the Fairphone 2. One of the main goals of the follow-up device is great build quality, and although it will have a thickness of 11 mm, the idea is that it will have a built-in protective case. Furthermore, users will eventually be able to choose from different back covers that provide varying levels of protection and functionality.
The Fairphone 2 is also intended to be easily repaired. In the case of a cracked display, it can be replaced in under a minute without the use of any tools. Other problems, such as issues with the speakers or rear camera can be fixed with the use of a screwdriver only. It is quite important to Fairphone that their smartphone is able to be repaired and upgraded with ease, and they have taken issue with the fact that most smartphones today are more focused on thinness rather than flexibility.
Working on the Snapdragon 801 platform, the company is planning to provide a high-performance device that will not need replacement in the near future. The device will have a 5 in full HD display and run Android 5.1 Lollipop upon release. Fairphone 2 will also come with 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, and 32 GB of internal expandable storage. For a long-lasting charge, a 2420 mAh removable battery is included, and can be replaced.
Even though the phone will not include NFC, wireless charging capabilities, and other non-essential functions, they have implemented elements that will allow for expansion of features without needing to buy new hardware. With the ultimate goal being providing a smartphone that is powerful, customizable, and easy to repair, Fairphone 2 seems to be on the right track. Pre-orders for the latest phone from Fairphone will be available at some point later this summer, and will start at €525 or about $595.