Modular Fairphone 2 smartphone includes replaceable display, battery, and earpiece
The core principles of the Fairphone are clear: Modular, repairable, durable, and fair. Its goals may be simple but the practical implementation of such features in the highly competitive smartphone market is the real challenge. The Dutch-based Fairphone manufacturer dares to stand up against the trend and its founders Bas van Abel and Tessa Wernink have been awarded by the UN for their ambitions.
The first Fairphone solid approximately 100,000 units with about half of those produced in Germany. Numerous teardowns of the smartphone have shown it to be both more sustainable and repairable than popular smartphones from well-known manufacturers.
The Fairphone 2 builds upon the same concept with more modular components and simpler part replacements in case of defective hardware. With a few simple steps, for example, the end-user can replace the battery, display, camera, and even microphone. In total, the Fairphone 2 has just 9 screws.
Fairphone sells spare parts for the Fairphone 2 and its repair manuals are available for all to see. Of course, recycling and electronic waste concerns are a focus for the company and the Fairphone 2 has the backing of at least one recycling program in Ghana. Germany, Austria, and Switzerland continue to be one of the largest markets for the Fairphone series.
See the official smartphone product page for additional specifications.