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Fairphone introduces new camera module for Fairphone 3, starts selling Fairphone 3+

The new 48 MP camera module for the Fairphone 3. (Image via Fairphone 3)
The new 48 MP camera module for the Fairphone 3. (Image via Fairphone 3)
Fairphone launched a new camera module for the Fairphone 3 today. The module includes a 48 MP sensor. Fairphone also announced a new front-facing camera module housing a 16 MP shooter. These modules can be purchased separately or pre-installed in the new Fairphone 3+.
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Fairphone has long been the only option for users in search of a “modular” phone that allows them to upgrade individual components. The company is continuing this ethos with the release of a new camera module for its latest device, the Fairphone 3.

The new camera module houses a 48 MP sensor. This is a considerable increase from the base 12 MP included with the standard Fairphone 3. The new camera also has a higher dynamic range and “zero shutter lag” (according to Fairphone). Fairphone now also sells a new “top module,” which houses the front-facing camera. The new selfie shooter is 16 MP, a sizable bump from the standard 8 MP sensor of the base Fairphone 3. The 48 MP module costs €60, and the new top module is €35. Both are available through Fairphone’s Spare Parts storefront.

The company also introduced the Fairphone 3+, which is essentially a Fairphone 3 with the new camera modules and some slight tweaks. For one, the Fairphone 3+ uses 40% recycled plastics (the original Fairphone 3 uses only 9%). The 3+ also runs Android 10, which will come to the standard Fairphone 3 at a later date. The back cover of the 3+ is also solid black rather than the translucent back cover of the base Fairphone 3. Otherwise, the Fairphone 3+ has the same 5.65-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 632, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage as the Fairphone 3.

The Fairphone 3+ is currently only available for purchase in the EU and UK. It’s currently priced at €469 and will ship in mid-September. The base Fairphone 3 got a small price reduction and is now available for €419.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2020-08-27 (Update: 2020-08-27)