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Fairphone 5 review - Sustainable smartphone with 8 years of updates and 5 years of warranty

Crisis of conscience. The Fairphone 5 aspires to be the most sustainable and modular smartphone on the market, produced under the fairest possible conditions. Despite its focus on sustainability, it aims to provide a modern user experience and receive updates for at least eight years. Our test will assess how well this concept is executed.
(Foto: Daniel Schmidt)

The Fairphone 5 is the successor of the Fairphone 4. The predecessor of our test handset performed admirably in the test, presenting itself as a well-rounded mid-range smartphone.

The Dutch business takes it a step further with the Fairphone 5, focusing on a higher degree of modulation, fairer trade, and more recycled components. All of this is designed to make the Fairphone 5 the world's fairest and most sustainable smartphone. This is emphasized by the extensive five-year warranty and eight-year upgrade cycle.

It is more pricey at ~US$750, but it also has more technology to offer. Read on to find out how the Fairphone 5 performs in everyday situations.

Fairphone 5
Processor
Qualcomm QCM6490 8 x 2 - 2.7 GHz, Kryo 670 (Cortex-A78/A55)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 643, Core: 812 MHz
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.46 inch 19.9:9, 2700 x 1224 pixel 459 PPI, Capacitive, OLED, 300 Hz touch sampling rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 256 GB 
, 226 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 2 TB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, magnetometer, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2 LE, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G, LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41, 42, 48, 66, 71), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.6 x 161.6 x 75.83 ( = 0.38 x 6.36 x 2.99 in)
Battery
16.25 Wh, 4200 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 3.87 V
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (Sony IMX800, f/1.9, 1.0 µm, OIS) + 50 MPix (Macro/Ultra Wide, IMX858, f/2.2, 0.7 µm) + TOF 3D; Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 50 MPix (Samsung JN1, f/2.5, 0.74 µm)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: OnScreen, 60 Months Warranty, DRM Widevine L1; MIL-STD 810H (Drop test from 1.5m); IP55; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), QZSS (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B1C, B2a); Audio Codecs Bluetooth: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, LDAC, LC3, Opus; HDR: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+, fanless
Weight
212 g ( = 7.48 oz / 0.47 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.2 %
11/2023
Fairphone 5
QCM6490, Adreno 643
212 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.46"2700x1224
88.9 %
11/2023
Google Pixel 8
Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7
187 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.20"2400x1080
90.5 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
167 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2340x1080
78.3 %
08/2023
Nokia G42
SD 480+, Adreno 619
194 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.56"1612x720

Case - Recycled plastic, nostalgia and Gorilla Glass

With a display-to-surface ratio of 83%, the Fairphone 5 may not exude a super-modern impression, but it boasts a clean and attractively finished design. The matte aluminum frame is resistant to fingerprints, and the smartphone comes in matte black, sky blue, and transparent options. The transparent variant was used for our test device.

The Fairphone 5 has shed some weight, and its clipped-on back adds a touch of nostalgia. The back is secured by 18 small plastic teeth that require effort to release and care to relock. Underneath the cover lies the replaceable battery, easily accessible after removal. Only then can you reach the nano-SIM and microSD slots, both equipped with an eject mechanism.

When it comes to material selection, the Fairphone 5 places a strong emphasis on recycled materials. Notably, 94% of the aluminum, 82% of the magnesium, 77% of the indium, and 69% of the plastic in the Fairphone 5 are derived from recycled sources. Tin, copper, nickel, and rare earths are also sourced from recycled materials in comparatively high proportions. The origin of raw materials is another critical factor. The Fairphone 5 employs fairly mined raw materials (gold: 100%, cobalt: 100%, silver: 100%, lithium: 99%, tungsten: 99%) from non-crisis regions. Suppliers must adhere to standards for safe and humane working conditions (SA8000 and ISO45001), and the smartphone's manufacturing process utilizes 100% renewable energy.

For users interested in further disassembly, the process is straightforward with Phillips screws that require no glue. The twelve silver-colored screws grant access to the USB port, speakers, camera, and card slots. The eight black screws secure the front, requiring loosening for tasks like changing the display or front camera. This design allows many users to perform common repairs themselves, promoting repairability. It's worth noting that the smartphone is not waterproof. Nonetheless, it is protected against the ingress of damaging amounts of dust and water jets from any angle in accordance with IP55.

 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)
 (Foto: Daniel Schmidt)

Size Comparison

165 mm / 6.5 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs162 mm / 6.38 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 10.5 mm / 0.4134 inch 225 g0.496 lbs161.6 mm / 6.36 inch 75.83 mm / 2.99 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs150.5 mm / 5.93 inch 70.8 mm / 2.79 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 187 g0.4123 lbs146.3 mm / 5.76 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 167 g0.3682 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity - USB 3.2 with microSD support

The Fairphone 5 boasts standard features. The USB 3.2 port (Gen. 1) operates at up to 5 GBit/s, although it shows slower performance in the copy test (139.55 MB/s). While supporting OTG, the smartphone also facilitates wired image output, albeit limited to screen mirroring. Users connecting external drives to the smartphone should ensure proper formatting, as the USB port does not recognize exFAT or NTFS. 

The phone also does not have a UWB chip, wireless charging or a dedicated security chip.

microSD card reader

It's noteworthy that a microSD card slot has been integrated at all, setting an exemplary standard. While its performance is impressive in the cross-platform disk test, transfer rates fall below average in the copy test. Unlike the USB port, the microSD card slot supports the exFAT file system.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
57.33 MB/s +211%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
21.4 MB/s +16%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
18.45 MB/s
Sony Xperia 10 V
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
12.75 MB/s -31%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Fairphone 5 Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø22.2 (10.1-39.1)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø41.4 (32.1-55.6)
Fairphone 5 Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø71.9 (22.6-78.9)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø78.6 (43.7-98)

Software - Longest update guarantee for the Fairphone 5

The Fairphone 5 comes with Google Android 13 and is expected to receive security patches and five major updates for at least eight years. Android 18 can, therefore, be anticipated. 

In addition to the Google apps, there is only the My Fairphone app on the smartphone, which collects rudimentary information on the technical status and provides direct access to support.

Communication and GNSS - Good tracking and 6 GHz WLAN

Wi-Fi 6E is available for home Wi-Fi, which also includes the use of the 6 GHz band. In combination with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, the Fairphone 5 not only achieves high but also largely stable transmission rates.

The Fairphone accesses the data network via 5G Sub5 at best and offers extremely broad frequency support. The reception characteristics are good in a metropolitan environment, and the data rates are also at the expected level.

Networking
Fairphone 5
iperf3 receive AXE11000
814 (min: 774) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
926 (min: 473) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1845 (min: 1781) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1517 (min: 1476) MBit/s ∼95%
Google Pixel 8
iperf3 receive AXE11000
891 (min: 440) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
867 (min: 459) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1570 (min: 1043) MBit/s ∼85%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1521 (min: 1325) MBit/s ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy S23
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1659 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1749 (min: 1253) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1799 (min: 1744) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1590 (min: 1562) MBit/s ∼100%
Nokia G42
iperf3 receive AXE11000
336 (min: 310) MBit/s ∼20%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
362 (min: 340) MBit/s ∼21%
Fairphone 4
iperf3 transmit AX12
327 (min: 315) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
344 (min: 337) MBit/s ∼91%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
648 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼39%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
682 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼39%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1542 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼84%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1379 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 receive AX12
376 (min: 376) MBit/s ∼100%
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Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490, Qualcomm Adreno 643; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1845 (1781-1909)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1799 (1744-1867)
Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490, Qualcomm Adreno 643; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1515 (1476-1544)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1589 (1562-1612)
Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490, Qualcomm Adreno 643; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø813 (774-838)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1658 (1603-1686)
Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490, Qualcomm Adreno 643; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø910 (473-975)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1750 (1253-1880)
GPS test: inside the building
inside the building
GPS test: outdoors
outdoors

Tracking is very fast and precise outdoors, while indoors, it takes much longer, especially until the Fairphone 5 has settled on the exact position. However, once settled, it is very accurate.

These characteristics are also noticeable on our short test drive, as the smartphone accurately records the route traveled in direct comparison with a Garmin Venu 2.

GNSS, around the lake
GNSS, around the lake
GNSS, turning point
GNSS, turning point
GNSS, summary
GNSS, summary

Phone features and voice quality

The Fairphone 5 has good voice quality when held to the ear and reliably filters out minor background noise. If it gets loud in the surroundings, the noise canceling reaches its limits, muffles the speaker's voice considerably, and allows background noise to penetrate again and again. The speaker mode works properly and is only accompanied by a slight reverberation effect.

The Fairphone has space for a physical nano-SIM and can also be fitted with an eSIM as an alternative to enable dual-SIM operation. Functions such as VoLTE and Wi-Fi calls are supported.

Cameras - Good dual cam with ToF in the Fairphone 5

Fairphone 5 Selfie (portrait mode)
Fairphone 5 Selfie (portrait mode)

The front camera of the Fairphone 5 has a generous 50 MP, but uses pixel binning, resulting in final images with only 12.5 MP. The picture quality is okay, but the images are heavily oversharpened during the day and are somewhat low-contrast in low light.

The two lenses on the back also work with 50 MP each, but they are different sensors. The main lens comes from Sony and has optical image stabilization. It produces quite respectable photos, even if the images should have more dynamic range. Although the ultra-wide-angle lens shows noise quite early on, it also has a stable imaging performance in the peripheral areas and a high level of detail due to its high resolution. The lens can also be used for macro subjects, but these are heavily vignetted. Zooming is not a strength of the Fairphone.

The Fairphone 5 records videos on both sides in Ultra HD with 30 FPS at best. Alternatively, 60 FPS is also available for Full HD (or HD). Unfortunately, only a 16:9 format is provided, and the frame rate of 24 FPS is also not available.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

HauptkameraHauptkameraUltraweitwinkel5-facher ZoomLow-Light
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ColorChecker
8.1 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
0.7 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
3 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Fairphone 5: 4.85 ∆E min: 0.67 - max: 12.18 ∆E
ColorChecker
30 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
32.6 ∆E
34.2 ∆E
41.4 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
26.9 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
42.4 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
31.6 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
42 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
43 ∆E
39.7 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Fairphone 5: 33.49 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 45.86 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Five years with registration

Registering the Fairphone 5 free of charge extends the smartphone's warranty from 24 months to a generous five years - a unique feature in the smartphone universe.

The box remains empty except for the smartphone; even a charging cable is missing. The makers justify this by saying that most people already own the most necessary accessories. Protective covers (~US$43 each) and a screen protector (~US$36) are offered as options. Spare parts can also be purchased in the store, which users can change themselves. 

Input devices & Operation - Fairphone 5 with up to 300 Hz

The capacitive touchscreen of the Fairphone 5 works with a comparatively high sampling rate of 300 Hz, has good gliding properties, and responds reliably.

Biometric security is ensured by a fingerprint sensor in the frame or in the power button. This delivers good recognition rates and unlocks the smartphone quickly. Facial recognition via the front camera is noticeably faster, but it is also less secure.

The linear vibration motor provides precise and appealing haptic feedback and is audible but not too loud.

Display - 90-Hz OLED with DC dimming

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Customized screen settings

The 6.49-inch OLED display of the Fairphone 5 has a high pixel density and displays content crisply. The manufacturer specifies a brightness of up to 800 cd/m², but we did not achieve this in the test, instead averaging 617 cd/m² with a pure white display, regardless of whether the ambient light sensor is active or not. The peak value also remains at a similar level in the APL18 measurement; we can only measure up to 721 cd/m² when displaying HDR content.

The display flickers at a constant 90 Hz at minimum brightness; the frequency doubles when it gets a little brighter. However, the periods are very even, which is why the risk of complaints is low, but we cannot rule them out. The optional DC dimming mode has no recognizable or measurable effects, except that the panel becomes slightly darker. In fact, the DC dimming seems to be permanently active.

609
cd/m²
611
cd/m²
624
cd/m²
613
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
628
cd/m²
613
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
621
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 628 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 617 cd/m² Minimum: 5.91 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 620 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.4 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 1.85
Fairphone 5
OLED, 2700x1224, 6.46
Google Pixel 8
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.20
Samsung Galaxy S23
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2340x1080, 6.10
Nokia G42
IPS, 1612x720, 6.56
Fairphone 4
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.30
Screen
67%
35%
-40%
-2%
Brightness middle
620
1450
134%
1125
81%
495
-20%
513
-17%
Brightness
617
1410
129%
1122
82%
452
-27%
492
-20%
Brightness Distribution
97
92
-5%
96
-1%
84
-13%
88
-9%
Black Level *
0.5
0.54
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.4
1.1
68%
3.2
6%
6.09
-79%
2.96
13%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5
4.2
16%
4.9
2%
9.35
-87%
5.55
-11%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.2
2.1
60%
3.3
37%
5.8
-12%
3.6
31%
Gamma
1.85 119%
2.24 98%
1.97 112%
2.325 95%
2.321 95%
CCT
6390 102%
6584 99%
6504 100%
8169 80%
6032 108%
Contrast
990
950

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 90 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 90 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 90 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18305 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

We achieve the best color representation when we select the Advanced color mode with the AMOLED settings and adjust the color temperature (see screenshot above). The Fairphone 5 then uses the larger DCI-P3 color space, but shows a green cast in the grayscale.

Grayscale (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (color mode: Extended/AMOLED, target color space: DCI-P3)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.65 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.884 ms rise
↘ 0.7695 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
10.92 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.547 ms rise
↘ 10.37 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 19 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34.1 ms).

This green cast is extremely evident at flat viewing angles, although it is not an issue in normal use.

Outside, the Fairphone 5 makes a good impression. On overcast days, the display is easier to read, but there are only a few reserves accessible during the summer.

Viewing angle stability of the Fairphone 5
Viewing angle stability
Fairphone 5 outdoors on a cloudy day.
outdoors

Performance - Fairphone 5 with extended-life SoC

The Fairphone 5 relies on an unusual solution for its SoC: the Qualcomm QCM6490. This chipset was actually developed for use in IoT products and is closely related to the Snapdragon 778G. The advantage of the QCM6490 is that it is an extended-life SoC and is therefore supplied with updates by Qualcomm for a longer period, making the long update cycles for the Fairphone's operating system possible.

However, the SoC (launched in 2021) is not completely brand new, it is in the upper mid-range, and has 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. As things stand today, this is enough power for a smartphone to handle all everyday tasks effortlessly, but the integrated Adreno 643 already means having to make compromises when it comes to gaming. It is difficult to predict today what the situation will be in three, four, or even seven years' time. Measured against the potentially long period of use, however, the performance seems to be tight.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1549 Points +78%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1260 Points +45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=213, last 2 years)
902 Points +4%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
870 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
870 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
789 Points -9%
Fairphone 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
632 Points -27%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
554 Points -36%
Multi-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4974 Points +69%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
3395 Points +15%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2987 Points +1%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
2944 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
2944 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=213, last 2 years)
2936 Points 0%
Fairphone 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1855 Points -37%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1643 Points -44%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1984 Points +76%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1653 Points +46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=84, last 2 years)
1436 Points +27%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
1129 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
1129 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
746 Points -34%
Multi-Core
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5149 Points +72%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
4225 Points +41%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=84, last 2 years)
3918 Points +31%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
2999 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
2999 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1917 Points -36%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1134684 Points +90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=149, last 2 years)
745535 Points +25%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
603046 Points +1%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
597212 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
597212 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
540593 Points -9%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1508318 Points +123%
Average of class Smartphone
  (352825 - 2162423, n=35, last 2 years)
1284792 Points +90%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1107295 Points +64%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
676317 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
676317 Points 0%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
15270 Points +29%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
12699 Points +7%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
11866 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
11866 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=206, last 2 years)
11538 Points -3%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
10897 Points -8%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10492 Points -12%
Fairphone 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
8035 Points -32%
CrossMark - Overall
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1221 Points +54%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
955 Points +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1443, n=152, last 2 years)
828 Points +4%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
794 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
794 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
734 Points -8%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
525 Points -34%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
8830 Points +77%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 10966, n=150, last 2 years)
5591 Points +12%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
4997 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
4997 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4576 Points -8%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3311 Points -34%
System
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
14401 Points +27%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
11327 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
11327 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
9876 Points -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=150, last 2 years)
9516 Points -16%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6975 Points -38%
Memory
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
8871 Points +73%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12306, n=150, last 2 years)
6095 Points +19%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5488 Points +7%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
5133 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
5133 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3715 Points -28%
Graphics
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
26748 Points +249%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 36002, n=150, last 2 years)
13342 Points +74%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
7673 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
7673 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
6632 Points -14%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3826 Points -50%
Web
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1779 Points +27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=150, last 2 years)
1474 Points +5%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
1398 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
1398 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1239 Points -11%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1213 Points -13%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
25563 Points +187%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=137, last 2 years)
22542 Points +153%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
19875 Points +123%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
16702 Points +87%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
8922 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
8922 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
5126 Points -43%
AImark - Score v3.x
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
25112 Points +3397%
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 128240, n=89, last 2 years)
12264 Points +1608%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1320 Points +84%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1136 Points +58%
Fairphone 5
Qualcomm QCM6490, Adreno 643, 8192
718 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
718 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
413 Points -42%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3699 Points +317%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2439 Points +175%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
887 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
681 Points -23%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
333 Points -62%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
288 Points -68%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3857 Points +335%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2422 Points +173%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
887 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
687 Points -23%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
340 Points -62%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
294 Points -67%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13911 Points +344%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8977 Points +186%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3135 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2434 Points -22%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1119 Points -64%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
970 Points -69%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8635 Points +178%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3102 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2465 Points -21%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1124 Points -64%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
984 Points -68%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6185 Points +25%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4995 Points +1%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4960 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4897 Points -1%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3583 Points -28%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3359 Points -32%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21767 Points +205%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13546 Points +90%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7131 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5563 Points -22%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2814 Points -61%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2448 Points -66%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13955 Points +115%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9813 Points +51%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6499 Points
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5341 Points -18%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2955 Points -55%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2605 Points -60%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +35%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +35%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
108 fps +21%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
89 fps
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
83 fps -7%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
60 fps -33%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
459 fps +189%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
317 fps +99%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
159 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
133 fps -16%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
91 fps -43%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
81 fps -49%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +82%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps +18%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
69 fps +5%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
66 fps
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
62 fps -6%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
271 fps +201%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps +8%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
90 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
78 fps -13%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
45 fps -50%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps -54%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +145%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps +33%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
51 fps +4%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
49 fps 0%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
49 fps
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
30 fps -39%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
186 fps +170%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps +33%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
69 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
58 fps -16%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
33 fps -52%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps -58%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps +289%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps +107%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps +4%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps 0%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
17 fps -39%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps +208%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps +85%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
40 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps -15%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps -52%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps -60%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps +367%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps +167%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps -10%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps -10%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
11 fps -48%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps +250%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps +106%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps -28%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
7.3 fps -59%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6.5 fps -64%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +264%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps +127%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps -9%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps -9%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps -45%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141 fps +188%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 fps +102%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
49 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
35 fps -29%
Fairphone 4
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps -59%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps -63%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps +266%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16 fps +95%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.2 fps
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.9 fps -28%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.9 fps -65%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
158.595 Points +37%
Fairphone 5 (Chrome 119)
115.42 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
115.4 Points 0%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
104.25 Points -10%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=164, last 2 years)
104.1 Points -10%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro (Chrome 111)
66.879 Points -42%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
65.687 Points -43%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
146 Points +26%
Fairphone 5 (Chrome 119)
116 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
116 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=142, last 2 years)
97.5 Points -16%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
94 Points -19%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro (Chrome 111)
64 Points -45%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
63 Points -46%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
59913 Points +54%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
47776 Points +23%
Fairphone 5 (Chrome 119)
38966 Points
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
38966 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=199, last 2 years)
33307 Points -15%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro (Chrome 111)
25439 Points -35%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
20689 Points -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
2279.9 ms * -107%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro (Chrome 111)
1742.9 ms * -58%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=161, last 2 years)
1658 ms * -50%
Fairphone 5 (Chrome 119)
1102.4 ms *
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
1102 ms * -0%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
998 ms * +9%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
701.7 ms * +36%

* ... smaller is better

Fairphone 5Samsung Galaxy S23Nokia G42Fairphone 4Xiaomi Poco X5 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
45%
-34%
-32%
12%
-3%
26%
Sequential Read 256KB
965.01
3133.7 ?(UFS 4.0)
225%

1686.71 ?(UFS 3.1)
75%

492.5
-49%
917
-5%
1008.77
5%
880 ?(482 - 1009, n=19)
-9%
1417 ?(215 - 4512, n=207, last 2 years)
47%
Sequential Write 256KB
789.23
844 ?(UFS 4.0)
7%

628.53 ?(UFS 3.1)
-20%

461.8
-41%
214.8
-73%
878.9
11%
720 ?(369 - 913, n=19)
-9%
1028 ?(57.5 - 3518, n=207, last 2 years)
30%
Random Read 4KB
226.8
427.61 ?(UFS 4.0)
89%

343.65 ?(UFS 3.1)
52%

183.3
-19%
158.5
-30%
244.85
8%
226 ?(99.7 - 291, n=19)
0%
238 ?(22.2 - 543, n=207, last 2 years)
5%
Random Write 4KB
213.44
156.69 ?(UFS 4.0)
-27%

130.26 ?(UFS 3.1)
-39%

161.1
-25%
168.7
-21%
267.41
25%
229 ?(99.2 - 301, n=19)
7%
261 ?(13 - 701, n=207, last 2 years)
22%

Gaming

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Fairphone 5; Dead Trigger 2; 1.10.0: Ø59.9 (59-60)
Fairphone 5; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps; 4.2.1_18831865_18963989: Ø53.8 (35-61)
Fairphone 5; Genshin Impact; medium 120 fps; 4.2.1_18831865_18963989: Ø40 (27-58)
Fairphone 5; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps; 4.2.1_18831865_18963989: Ø39.8 (21-61)
Fairphone 5; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.9.0: Ø59.3 (50-61)
Fairphone 5; PUBG Mobile; Balanced; 2.9.0: Ø39.6 (32-41)
Fairphone 5; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.9.0: Ø39.8 (38-41)

Emissions - Gets warm, but remains stable

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the Fairphone 5 can get very warm under load, which is simulated with the burnout benchmark, but they still remain within acceptable limits.

The SoC benefits from this under stress, as the heat is dissipated effectively, preventing any significant loss of performance.

Max. Load
 47 °C
117 F
46 °C
115 F
40 °C
104 F
 
 48.1 °C
119 F
46.6 °C
116 F
41 °C
106 F
 
 48.2 °C
119 F
43 °C
109 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
Maximum: 48.2 °C = 119 F
Average: 44.5 °C = 112 F
38.9 °C
102 F
45.4 °C
114 F
47.3 °C
117 F
40.6 °C
105 F
40.9 °C
106 F
49.7 °C
121 F
36.1 °C
97 F
40.8 °C
105 F
48.9 °C
120 F
Maximum: 49.7 °C = 121 F
Average: 43.2 °C = 110 F
Room Temperature 21.1 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 44.5 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.2 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49.7 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 % 0%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.3 %
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 % 0%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
83.4 % -16%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68.6 % -31%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.7 % 0%
Fairphone 5
Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 %
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 % 0%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 % -21%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.8 % -46%
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Fairphone 5 Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø5.32 (5.32-5.33)
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø4.09 (4.08-4.1)
Fairphone 5 Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø18.5 (18.4-18.6)
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.6 (14.6-14.7)
Fairphone 5 Adreno 643, QCM6490, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø18.7 (18.6-18.8)

Speakers

The two speakers on the Fairphone 5 have a moderate sound output. The audio quality tends to be hollow and tinny at medium volume, and this becomes more pronounced at higher volumes, leading to distortion.

For extended sound output, it's advisable to use USB or Bluetooth, with the latter providing broad audio codec support.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.937.52529.630.73123.722.64035.626.45038.642.36324.230.78018.923.410018.926.712515.733.916013.946.620014.745.625015.250.431512.957.840011.459.750012.767.363012.274.380011.578.1100011.679.4125013.674.9160012.869.420001370.6250012.769.4315012.776400012.977.8500013.478630013.475.4800013.969.31000013.663.71250013.663.41600013.754SPL25.187.1N0.669.4median 13.4median 69.4Delta0.710.433.839.127.936.924.332.928.234.636.742.822.238.925.439.52141.918.646.715.453.515.155.613.160.11262.412.762.911.866.912.966.710.471.513.375.913.278.412.178.912.281.212.981.414.88115.881.716.180.714.481.813.67913.576.814.471.41567.825.991.50.788median 13.5median 75.91.39.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseFairphone 5Samsung Galaxy S23
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Fairphone 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy S23 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.8% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - Only 4,200 mAh and high consumption

Power Consumption

The Fairphone 5 exhibits high power consumption across various scenarios, suggesting that its battery life is not particularly impressive.

While Fairphone doesn't provide detailed information about supported charging technologies, they mention that the battery can be charged to 50 percent within 20 minutes using a 30-watt power supply unit. One positive aspect is that users can change the battery without requiring tools. Unfortunately the Fairphone 5 does not support wireless charging.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.44 / 0.23 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.42 / 2.43 / 2.47 Watt
Load midlight 8.95 / 9.99 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Fairphone 5
4200 mAh
Google Pixel 8
4575 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23
3900 mAh
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
5000 mAh
Average Qualcomm QCM6490
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
38%
57%
46%
0%
34%
Idle Minimum *
1.42
0.56
61%
0.57
60%
0.97
32%
1.42
-0%
0.896 ?(0.44 - 2.37, n=152, last 2 years)
37%
Idle Average *
2.43
1.08
56%
0.74
70%
1.13
53%
2.43
-0%
1.467 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=152, last 2 years)
40%
Idle Maximum *
2.47
1.17
53%
0.83
66%
1.44
42%
2.47
-0%
1.649 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=152, last 2 years)
33%
Load Average *
8.95
8.01
11%
4.26
52%
3.26
64%
8.95
-0%
5.25 ?(2.4 - 15.9, n=152, last 2 years)
41%
Load Maximum *
9.99
8.89
11%
6.16
38%
6.29
37%
9.99
-0%
8.01 ?(4.32 - 20.8, n=152, last 2 years)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Leistungsaufnahme: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.61 (1.559-10.3)
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø3.56 (0.976-7.72)
Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.702 (1.62-1.838)
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.899 (0.824-1.465)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Fairphone 5 Qualcomm QCM6490; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.87 (5.44-7.13)
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø3.66 (3.3-5.13)