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Fairphone 3+


Fairphone 3+
Fairphone 3+ (3 Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 8 x 1.8 GHz, Kryo 250
Graphics adapter
4 GB 
5.65 inch 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel 427 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, USB-C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM, UMTS, LTE, Dual SIM, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 158 x 71.8 ( = 0.39 x 6.22 x 2.83 in)
3040 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 10
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/1.8, 1/2.0", 0.8µm
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.0, 1/3.1"
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
189 g ( = 6.67 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
500 Euro



Average Score: 70.57% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 70%, features: - %, display: 50% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 50%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Fairphone 3+

Fairphone 3+ Durability Test! - it feels like cheating...
Source: JerryRigEverything English
The Fairphone 3 is a modular smartphone that suposidly is super easy to repair, and replace parts of. But is the Fairphone 3 durable? The only way to find out is with a JerryRigEverything Durability Test. This time, we'll start off by exploring the FairPhone 3's insides, since that is what it is desigend for. Then we will see what the phone is made of and if the FairPhone 3 can survive every day life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/18/2021
77% Fairphone 3 Plus Review: Sustainability Comes With Compromises
Source: The Verge English version
If you are someone who wants a more ethical and sustainable alternative to a budget £200 device, then the Fairphone 3 Plus delivers. It’ll serve your needs in the same way as a budget smartphone will in 2020 but at a price premium that reflects its ethically sourced materials and repairability. But don’t expect this to compete with other similarly priced phones. Fairphone has different priorities, and in order to buy one of its phones, you need to share them.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/27/2020
Rating: Total score: 77%
80% Fairphone 3 Plus review
Source: Techradar English version
The Fairphone 3 Plus, like the Fairphones before it, stands out as the number one ethical, eco-friendly smartphone choice. That approach is either going to compel you to buy it, or make you look elsewhere for better options in terms of performance and camera quality.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/23/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Fairphone 3+ review: I love what it stands for, even if it's not a great phone
Source: Neowin English version
Like many other phones, it’s possible to overlook the flaws on the Fairphone 3+, and if you have a big interest in its modularity and the sustainable approach, it can still be worth the price tag. The flaws don’t make it unusable or an outright bad phone, but you really have to be all-in on the company’s philosophy to justify what you have to pay. If that’s the case for you, you can buy the Fairphone 3+ from Fairphone’s website, or opt for last year’s Fairphone 3 if you don’t need the upgraded cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/23/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
Fairphone 3+ unboxing and first impressions
Source: Neowin English version
We go hands-on with the Fairphone 3+, a mid-range phone with a focus on sustainability and fair production. It has a Snapdragon 632, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 3,040mAh battery. The back has a single 48MP camera, and the front has a 16MP selfie camera. It costs €469.
Hands-On, online available, Medium, Date: 10/11/2020
Fairphone 3+ review: Camera upgrades for the modular ethical smartphone
Source: English version
I'm used to seeing the latest feature-packed smartphone phones with their fancy industrial design, or models that accentuate one specific feature, or try to deliver a great price/performance ratio, or have some other aspect to shout about. The Fairphone 3+ isn't designed to keep up with the pack, and to compare it to other handsets in terms of 'bang for buck' rather misses the point.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/15/2020
Fairphone 3+ Review: A Sustainable Phone Worth Using?
Source: Know Your Mobile English version
Should you buy the Fairphone 3+? Well if you’re reading this article you must be interested and with good reason. The phone delivers a smartphone experience and it does so without any glaring omissions that would make you feel like you’ve compromised greatly. You get all of this while knowing you’ve helped the world through buying a more environmentally friendly phone that features a modular design, allowing for upgrades to keep your phone feeling fresh, saving you from spending more money on a new phone and saving the world from more technological waste. So in summary we applaud Fairphone for it’s stance here and for making a truly usable smartphone that delivers on the brand’s and their customer’s morality. It won’t be everyone which is a shame, but for those looking to make a difference, there’s no better time to adopt.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/27/2020
Fairphone 3+ hands-on review
Source: GSM Arena English version
Fairphone has its sight set a lot higher, aiming at goals like fair compensation for workers in China, fair-trade gold, fair cobalt and conflict-free tin and tungsten. Recycling and sustainability. Above all else, Fairphone's key immediate ambition is to convince as many users as possible to keep their devices for as long as five to seven years at a time, reducing its carbon footprint by as much as 28 to 42%. Regardless of whether those are its own products, specifically crafted to aid the process or any other piece of tech, headed to an inevitable landfill. If you share the same goals and believe in them deeply enough, the Fairphones look like a great means to an end.
Hands-On, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/27/2020

Foreign Reviews

Fairphone 3+ an diesem Smartphone kann herumgeschraubt werden
Source: RP-Online German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/05/2020
Fairphone 3+ nachhaltig verbesserter Nachfolger
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/29/2020
Fairphone 3+ Grünes Mittelmaß
Source: Spiegel Online German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2020
Fairphone 3 Plus: Das neue alte Öko-Smartphone kommt
Source: Computerbild German DE→EN version
Positive: Nice display; decent hardware; good connectivity; attractive price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/28/2020
80% Fairphone 3+ – nog beter voor het milieu
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/13/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Test du Fairphone 3+ : le Fairphone 3.1
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/27/2020
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 70% display: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 50%
67% Fairphone 3+ [TEST]: Udskift alt på den bæredygtige mobil
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/12/2020
Rating: Total score: 67%
60% Fairphone 3 Plus: Modulär och hållbar telefonen i vässad version
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2020
Rating: Total score: 60%


Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

SD 632: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight Kryo 260 cpu cores at up to 1.8 GHz, an Adreno 509 GPU, a LPDDR4-2666 memory controller and a X12 LTE (Cat 13/12, 300 / 150 MBit) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

70.57%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2020-09- 1)